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Mich. Senate passes Medicaid expansion bill

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Michigan Senate members voted 20-18 Tuesday to expand the state's Medicaid program as part of the federal health care law.

After a failed vote Tuesday afternoon, the measure was finally approved late Tuesday night in Lansing. It expands health care coverage to thousands of low income residents across the state.

The state house is expected to okay the bill next week, which is required under the new health care law.

Governor Snyder has been pushing for the plan to be passed and is expected to sign it into law. The governor released a statement saying the plan will make a difference in the lives of thousands and will save tax dollars and boost the state's economy.

Eight Republicans voting yes: Tom Casperson of Escanaba, Goeff Hansen of Hart, Roger Kahn of Saginaw Township, Mike Kowall of White Lake Township, James Marleau of Lake Orion, Randy Richardville of Monroe, Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights, Howard Walker of Traverse City

Eighteen Republicans voting no: Darwin Booher of Evart, Jack Brandenburg of Harrison Township, Bruce Caswell of Hillsdale, Patrick Colbeck of Canton Township, Judy Emmons of Sheridan, Mike Green of Mayville, Dave Hildenbrand of Lowell, Joe Hune of Hamburg Township, Mark Jansen of Gaines Township, Rick Jones of Grand Ledge, Arlan Meekhof of West Olive, John Moolenaar of Midland, Mike Nofs of Battle Creek, John Pappageorge of Troy, Phil Pavlov of St. Clair, John Proos of St. Joseph, Dave Robertson of Grand Blanc, Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton

Twelve Democrats voting yes: Jim Ananich of Flint, Glenn Anderson of Westland, Steve Bieda of Warren, Vincent Gregory of Southfield, Morris Hood III of Detroit, Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor, Tupac Hunter of Detroit, Bert Johnson of Highland Park, Virgil Smith of Detroit, Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor, Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing, Coleman Young II of Detroit.

The big question is how does this new plan affect Michigan residents? TV5 did some research and found that nearly half a million Michigan residents would benefit under this plan.

Currently, a family of four must have a household income of 23-thousand dollars or less to get Medicaid coverage. The new plan would expand that to familes making less than 31-thousand.

The federal government will cover all costs through 2017 and then the state will pick up 10-percent of the tab. Michigan becomes the 25th state in the union to approve Medicaid expansion. The legislation is expected to go into effect sometime next year.

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