Lansing, Mich. (WZZM) More Michiganders will have health insurance, following action in Lansing Monday night.
The state senate voted to extend Medicaid coverage to nearly half a million low income adults.
It's an optional part of the federal health care mandate best known as Obamacare. The Senate vote was 20 to 18.
We caught up with Kent County Republican Dave Hidenbrand to find out why he did not support the measure., "Medicaid is a huge federal program that's underfunded and the financial long term stability of the program is in question so it just didn't make sense to me," he told WZZM 13's Peter Ross, "as were looking at solving this problem of insuring more people, to look at a program that's already challenged financially."
The Senate didn't get enough votes to give the bill immediate effect, which may complicate how quickly the Medicaid expansion can occur.