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Correction: Michigan Legislature-Blue Cross story

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2012 at 11:24 am •  Published: December 7, 2012

Once Snyder signs the measure, Michigan will join 12 other Blue Cross Blue Shield companies nationwide structured as mutual insurers. That means the organizations are owned by members. Those companies operate in 14 states.

"We continue to believe that these changes are critical in moving Michigan toward a more competitive health insurance marketplace," said Rick Murdock, executive director of the Michigan Association of Health Plans.

The AARP said it was disappointed the vote and warned of a backlash by its membership of older state residents.

"The majority of legislators turned their backs on older Michiganders when they voted in favor of two bills that will take at least $876 a year out of the pockets of approximately 176,000 seniors who will pay higher Medigap premiums as of 2016," said AARP Michigan State Director Jacqueline Morrison. "AARP Michigan will notify our 1.4 million members to let them know how their Senators and Representatives voted on this legislation that will have a negative financial impact on many seniors, who are already burdened by a new pension tax and other recently enacted tax changes."