Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – It took two attempts, but on its second vote yesterday (Tuesday) the state Senate approved a proposal to expand Medicaid in Michigan.
Earlier in the day, the first attempt at Medicaid expansion fell one vote short, but last night the Republican-led chamber voted 20-18 to pass the measure with all 12 Democrats voting in support along with eight Republicans.
That included Escanaba Republican Senator Tom Casperson, who switched votes between the two attempts from “no” to “yes”.
The legislation would allow the state to reform its Medicaid program and expand eligibility to individuals who earn up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.
The federal government would fund the expansion through the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.” The measure now returns to the state House for a vote on changes made to the legislation.