Legislature approves Medicaid expansion for 470,000 low income Michiganders.
There is finally some good news coming out of Lansing. The Michigan Legislature has approved Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The Detroit Free Press reports that it took eight hours and two votes to finally approve the plan. Expect these change to start on April 1, 2013.
Medicaid health care will now cover 470,000 low-income Michiganders. Individuals who fall within 133% of the federal poverty level will be eligible. The federal government will also pay the bill through 2017. The federal contribution will drop to 90% in 2020.
This is a big victory for the State of Michigan on several fronts. More people will be covered by health insurance and this will improve the quality of life in our state. It is also projected to save money for taxpayers and help control medical costs.
What about workers compensation?
The expansion of Medicaid will give people options when workers compensation has been denied. This will result in faster recovery times and get people back to work sooner. It will also take the burden off emergency rooms and allow for a more efficient system.
Individuals will also be able to obtain medical proof that their condition is work-related. Too many people disappear from the system simply because they cannot get medical treatment. Medicaid expansion will open the door for subrogation claims and force insurance companies to pay workers compensation when appropriate.
Where to turn for help?
We are happy to help you if workers compensation has been disputed. Medicaid can be used to obtain needed treatment while your case is in litigation and will be paid back if you are successful with your case.
Call (855) 221-2667 to speak with a workers compensation lawyer in Michigan. We will hold the insurance company accountable!
– Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. Hes been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Alex has helped countless people obtain workers compensation benefits and never charges a fee to review a case.
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