Nofs supports alternative to Medicaid expansion

For Immediate Release                
August 27, 2013
Contact: Greg Moore

LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Nofs voted “no” in the Michigan Senate today for the expansion of Medicaid.

“While I feel that offering affordable health care options for Michiganders is one of the most important issues our state faces, I voted against House Bill 4714 because I do not believe that it’s the most responsible way to provide this vital support,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek.

House Bill 4714, would expand Medicaid to roughly 470,000 more Michigan residents from the 1.8 million it already covers.

“Our Medicaid program is currently responsible for nearly a quarter of all state General Fund spending and has continually been scrutinized for inefficiencies,” Nofs said.

Nofs voted in favor of Senate Bill 422 which failed to pass, but would have created the Michigan low-income health plan act. SB 422 proposed the use of state funds to provide coverage for individuals who are at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level. This population is the only group not eligible to receive federal grants to purchase health care through the federal exchange and therefore have the largest need for coverage

“With all of the uncertainty around the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), adopting a state based plan that is unique to Michigan is the most responsible way to provide needed assistance while protecting the tax dollars of our hard working families. By utilizing our own design, the state would have greater flexibility to implement changes and improvements as we have the opportunity to review the full implementation of the ACA.”

Gov. Snyder endorsed House Bill 4714, which passed the Senate Tuesday evening.