Mich. lawmakers to consider health care exchange

Published On: Feb 13 2013 04:44:06 AM EST
Health Care
LANSING, Mich. -

Michigan lawmakers will receive an update on the state's progress in partnering with the federal government on a mandated health exchange where 500,000 people can shop for insurance.

The exchange is a key part of the federal health care law to be implemented in 2014, but Republican legislators have opposed attempts to spend federal money on an exchange in Michigan.

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is expected to update lawmakers on its plans during hearings on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Republican governor lost a previous fight to create a state-run health insurance marketplace.

He and the Obama administration now are working on a "partnership" exchange controlled primarily by the federal government. Some conservative and tea party groups say GOP lawmakers should resist a $31 million federal grant to create that exchange.

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