Michigan’s Medicaid Funding at Risk
Last week, Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm announced that Michigan could have a $560 million budget gap if Congress does not provide the funding promised in last year’s stimulus package. The Detroit News reported that Governor Granholm was concerned that without the mandated Medicaid funding programs and services would have to be cut. This would seriously impact Michiganians that rely upon Medicaid.
Governor Granholm’s announcement follows her visit to Washington D.C. with the Governors of New York and Pennsylvania. The Bloomberg News reported that the three governors traveled to the nation’s capital to appeal to the Senate to approve the extra financing for Medicaid. Last week, the Senate failed to approve $16 billion in extra financing for Medicaid and extended jobless benefits. The Senate Republicans opposed the measure because it added to the national deficit.
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