Mich. panel OKs $31M for health care exchange

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 27, 2013 at 11:09 am •  Published: February 27, 2013
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Fourteen Republicans and all 10 Democrats on the committee voted for the spending bill. Three Republicans opposed it.

Open enrollment on the exchange for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Michigan residents begins Oct 1. Coverage kicks in Jan. 1, 2014.

The Snyder administration says spending the $31 million grant will save the state from having to spend its own money to make technology changes to link electronically with a federal exchange. It also argues that having a partnership will save Michigan insurers wanting to offer health plans on the exchange from an extra layer of regulation in Washington.

The exchange — likened to Travelocity or Expedia — will be used in part to determine people's eligibility for Medicaid and, if they buy private insurance on the exchange, whether they qualify for income-based federal aid to help pay their premiums.

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