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Michigan House OKs $31M grant for health exchange

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm •  Published: February 28, 2013

Conservative groups lashed out and signaled out two Republicans by name for voting for the spending bill.

"Unscrupulous lawmakers have made it clear that their weakness for federal tax dollars surpasses their commitment to reducing federal spending and debt," said Scott Hagerstrom, state director of Americans for Prosperity.

The Snyder administration says using the $31 million grant will save Michigan from having to spend its own money to link with a federal exchange. It also argues that Michigan-based insurance companies will be saved from an extra layer of regulation in Washington under a partnership.

The House added a provision to the legislation requiring the use of Michigan insurance agents for customer assistance functions.

Forty-nine Democrats and 29 Republicans voted for the bill. Thirty Republicans and one Democrat opposed it.



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