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The Michigan Senate voted to expand Medicaid health care coverage to an estimated 450,000 low-income residents, making it the 25th state in the nation to do so. The bill will not become law until April 1 because it failed to get the two-thirds majority required to give it immediate effect.The House has already passed legislation to expand coverage, which is supported by Governor Rick Snyder.

The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has been working with other patient advocacy organizations urging state legislatures to expand Medicaid because it should help thousands of women with ovarian cancer afford necessary treatment, as well as the preventative care that might result in an earlier diagnosis.

Michigan has about 1.1 million uninsured people. Studies estimate the expansion will provide health insurance for approximately 450,000 Michigan adults who are currently uninsured. The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides for federal funding to cover 100 percent of the state’s expansion costs in 2014, 2015, and 2016. After 2020, federal funds will cover 90 percent of the state’s costs, with the state required to pay 10 percent.
More: Detroit Free Press article  and Alliance press release.