LANSING – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D – East Lansing) and Senator Rebekah Warren (D – Ann Arbor) today announced a petition fighting an initiative championed by Right to Life of Michigan which would prohibit insurers from including abortion coverage, even in the case of rape or incest, in their health insurance policies unless women purchase a separate rider ahead of time. The petition is located at www.letmidecide.com.
LANSING – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) was joined by other members of the Senate Democratic Caucus today to address the ill-conceived agenda that the Republican majority is looking to expand on before the end of the year. Senate Democrats discussed the potential expansion of the failed Education Achievement Authority and an initiative to prohibit abortion coverage in health insurance policies unless women purchase an abortion rider in advance, which the Legislature has slated to move forward.
The Michigan Senate Democrats moved today to end the current legislative session, a final effort to fix the problems created when Republicans delayed the implementation of the recently passed Medicaid expansion legislation. By not granting House Bill 4714 “immediate effect” when it was passed, Republicans prevented the legislation from taking effect until 90 days after the end of the current legislative session, a delay that even Governor Snyder says could be life or death to some, and will cost Michigan over $600 million if the legislature does not adjourn until the end of the year.
Senator Virgil Smith introduced an amendment to House Bill 4229 today that would increase per pupil funding for schools by $100. The call for more funding comes as a record number of Michigan school districts–one in ten–are operating in deficit. The amendment was defeated by the Republican majority that controls the chamber.
New Report Touts Cost-Effectiveness of Health Care Exchange, Disproves Ongoing Senate Republican ObstructionWednesday September 25, 2013
The Michigan Senate Democrats highlighted a report issued today that shows the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will save Michigan families even more money on their health care premiums than many analysts initially predicted and that Michigan's costs are even well below the national average under the program. The Senate Democrats pointed out to their Republican colleagues that this is evidence of the program's success, despite Republicans' failure to implement a state health care exchange and their continued opposition to all things related to the Affordable Care Act.
Lansing–The Michigan Senate Democrats joined their Democratic colleagues in the Michigan House today in debuting a new education platform focused on improving Michigan schools, developing highly skilled teachers and ensuring every student receives the education they deserve.
LANSING – Senate Democrats today criticized their Republican counterparts for failing to enact immediate effect on Medicaid expansion legislation, HB 4714, that was passed last week. Without immediate effect, the bill will not be enacted until April 1, 2014. The Department of Community Health (DCH) has estimated the cost of the delay at $7 million per day, or $630 million over the course of three months. In addition, the failure to provide low-income residents with health care coverage by January 1, 2014, is likely to leave individuals and families footing the bill of penalties for failing to have coverage—$95 per individual and up to $285 per family.
LANSING - Senate Democrats blasted Senate Republicans for failing to complete the passage of Medicaid expansion legislation, HB 4714, after months of debate and eight hours of deliberations on the Senate floor today. While the bill received enough votes to pass on the second round of voting, Republicans failed to give the vote immediate effect. Without immediate effect, the bill cannot go into effect in time to meet the January 1, 2014, federal deadline for implementing Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Failure to meet the deadline leaves the state on the hook for $7 million a day, according to the Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer today told Senate Republicans that their continued refusal to allow a vote on the critically important Medicaid expansion legislation has become a disgraceful example of politicians putting their own political interests ahead of those of the state and is seriously damaging the credibility of the Legislature.
Senate Democrats Try to Force Vote on Medicaid Expansion, Republicans Block Effort Amidst Public OutcryWednesday July 3, 2013
Lansing – Michigan Senate Democrats sought to force a vote today on HB 4714, legislation to expand Medicaid in Michigan, but their efforts were defeated by the Senate Republican Majority before they adjourned for two more weeks. In voicing their opposition to the inaction on Medicaid expansion and the adjournment until July 17th, Senate Democrats shared the stories of some of the nearly 500,000 low-income Michigan residents who would receive health care access under this bill.