Kaiser Health News: Michigan Republicans Rethinking Medicaid Expansion

Last year, the Michigan Legislature expanded access to the state’s Medicaid program to nearly 400,000 additional residents, joining states like Ohio and Iowa in forging a compromise regarding the federal program. Michigan’s version of Medicaid expansion includes requirements for some Medicaid recipients to pay for at least part of their care — including co-pays for…

Michigan renews commitment to helping those with mental health issues

This week lawmakers from the House and Senate health policy committees held a joint meeting with the Mental Health and Wellness Commission to learn about its report, “Improving the Quality of Life by Supporting Independence and Self-Determination.” The report focused on finding ways to remove barriers, eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and streamline procedures…

Combatting Human Trafficking: The legislative approach

Rep. Kurt Heise today, along with members of the House Republican Caucus, House Democrats, representatives from the Attorney General’s Office and stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking, unveiled legislation to combat the crime of human trafficking. The group unveiled over 20 bills that have been introduced to fight trafficking in Michigan. The legislation is…

ICYMI: “Michigan’s path to business tax reform holds important lessons for Indiana”

The Indianapolis Star recently published an editorial touting last year’s elimination of the Michigan Business Tax and calling on the Indiana Legislature to phase out its version of the business personal property tax. Other neighboring states, including Ohio and Illinois, have also repealed similar laws, but the Star points out that Michigan’s approach — phasing out the…

Moving Michigan Forward: A recap of Gov. Snyder’s State of the State address

Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his fourth State of the State address on Thursday night, highlighting the growth that has taken place in Michigan over the past three years. Snyder focused on a number of areas where Michigan has made gains, stressing the fact that when he first took office, he knew it wasn’t good enough…

Six truths about the billion dollars that wasn’t

There has been a lot of media coverage and discussion about the state’s “surplus” of money that economists last Friday agreed would be an estimated $970 million. Unfortunately, the whole story hasn’t been told, and people need to be aware of some key truths. Truth #1: This is only an estimate. The economic experts from…

Forbes.com: Michigan Governor Signs Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption

Recently, Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Act 264 into law, creating the Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (MILE) and establishing equity crowdfunding in Michigan. It’s an exciting new way for Michigan investors to invest in Michigan small-businesses and start-ups, and Forbes.com touted the law as “particularly impressive.” You can read the full article here.

Rumor vs. Truth: Here’s the scoop on the “Third Grade Reading Guarantee”

First introduced in October, House Bill 5111 – which creates a “Third Grade Reading Guarantee” in Michigan’s public and charter schools – has received a lot of attention, both good and bad. But along with that attention, there has been some misinformation, and it’s time to set the record straight. Rumor: This bill will force…