LANSING, MI — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed a package of bills that aimed to end the state’s Health Insurance Claims Assessment and change how the state funds¬†Medicaid matching dollars.
Medicaid is a federal program that provides health coverage to those who cannot afford it. To draw down federal Medicaid funding, the state has to offer up matching dollars.
Michigan does that now through a mix of the HICA and a Medicaid managed care use tax. But the federal government has signaled that the current Medicaid managed care use tax collects from too narrow of a base and will no longer be acceptable at the end of 2016. If Michigan does nothing, it could see its Medicaid payments reduced.
Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, sponsored a bill package to fix that. Senate bills 987 through 990 would have earmarked a portion of the income tax for Medicaid match dollars and used a …
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Gov. Snyder vetoes bills on Medicaid matching dollars