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AARP pushes for expansion of Medicaid in Michigan


LANSING, MI (WTVB) - As state legislators continue to work on the 2014 budget, there is increasing pressure to include money for Medicaid expansion in Michigan, as Governor Snyder outlined in his budget proposal last month.

The nation's largest senior advocacy group, AARP, says Medicaid expansion would mean health coverage for about 75,000 Michigan seniors between ages 50 and 64.  Lisa Cooper, with AARP Michigan, says older adults are particularly at risk of health problems becoming more serious if they're not addressed.

In addition to saving lives, Cooper says Medicaid expansion would save the state about 200-million dollars a year through 2019.  The Affordable Care Act allows states to expand Medicaid with the federal government reimbursing them the estimated two-billion dollar cost through 2016.