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Fears loom over ACA repeal threat

Posted at 6:36 AM, Jan 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-19 06:36:37-05

Something Governor Snyder touched on during his seventh State of the State address on Tuesday night, was the success of expanding Medicaid in Michigan.

He signed the Healthy Michigan Plan into law back in 2013, after the state was able to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The expansion provides health insurance to 640,000 low-income families.

But that's not in jeopardy as Republicans have started the process to repeal the federal health care law. Health care officials say the state needs to prepare as the federal battle plays out.

"There's a lot of interest at what might happen at the federal level and a lot of people want to us to be prepared and don't think we are yet," said Matt Grossman. "So everything from lots of funding for hundreds of thousands of people's health care could be cut off or we could be asked to redesign our program completely. All of those things are on the table."

Governor Snyder says he'll head to Washington tomorrow in efforts to persuade congress that Michigan's Medicaid expansion is a success story that could work on a national level.