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Medicaid expansion bill: What does it mean for you?

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In a 20-18 vote, the Michigan State Senate approved legislation late Tuesday designed to reform and expand Medicaid.

If the measure is approved by the House, Michigan would become the 25th state in the nation to expand Medicaid. It would expand eligibility to an estimated 470,000 low income residents using federal funding available through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

So what that mean for you? If you are a single adult earning about $15,000 per year, or a family of three with a household income of about $26,500, you would be eligible to receive the benefits.

"It's going to affect  just in our area alone about 13,000 people,"said Jeff Reinarz, with Health Delivery, a nonprofit providing health care to low income residents. Patients at their clinics are those that would be covered under the expansion.

"[They are] routinely going to get care because they have insurance now, they are going to healthier, it's going to save lives, it's going to save everybody money," said Reinarz.

So when does it start? The Medicaid bill would accept $1.7 billion dollars in federal funding next year to add 325,000 childless adults to the program, and 400,000 by 2015. 

"People at a hundred and 33 percent poverty level will qualify," said Reinarz.

The legislation is also expected to create 25,000 jobs and bring in $2 billion in federal health care investment to the state.

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