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House approves legislation to overhaul Blue Cross

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2012 at 6:54 am •  Published: December 7, 2012

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