Earlier today, the Michigan Senate passed it’s version of the Department of Community Health (DCH) Budget for FY 2014. The DCH budget (SB 198) was the only remaining department budget awaiting action in the Senate and was not taken up during Senate Appropriations hearings. The bill was discharged on the floor and passed on a 20-18 vote.
The Senate version passed today did not include Governor Snyder’s proposed Medicaid expansion plan and does not reflect any savings that would be achieved through expansion. Senator Vince Gregory (D-Southfield) offered an amendment to include Medicaid expansion, but this amendment was defeated with only one Republican crossing the aisle to support.
Wiener Associates will continue to provide updates on the Community Health Budget and all other budget bills as they progress through the Legislature.