Governor Snyder Visits Family Health Center of Battle Creek to Promote Medicaid Reform, Expansion

By Natasha Robinson, MPCA Communications Specialist

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited Family Health Center of Battle Creek on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as part of a statewide tour urging state Senators to vote on the “Healthy Michigan” plan.

The stop was one of several Governor Snyder made in West Michigan as part of a series of informational meetings he’s holding called “A Conversation with the Governor” to discuss the urgent need for the state Senate to vote on the Healthy Michigan plan (House Bill 4714). This legislation would expand affordable health care coverage for almost 500,000 Michigan residents while encouraging healthier lifestyles to reduce health care costs. The Michigan House passed HB 4714 with bipartisan support on June 13, but the Senate adjourned last week for summer recess without taking a vote on the measure.

At Family Health Center of Battle Creek on Wednesday, about 120 attendees heard from Governor Snyder, former State Senator and Congressman Joe Schwartz, and others with impactful stories on why Medicaid expansion and reform is important and urgent. Governor Snyder asked that Michigan residents call their state Senators often to urge them to come back in session to vote on the bill.

It is CRITICAL that every supporter urge their State Senator to vote “Yes” on HB 4714 to save Michigan lives and money.

To ensure the State Senators hear loud and clear that they MUST vote on HB 4714, four statewide “call-to-action days” have been scheduled for July 2, 3, 17, and 18. We need YOU to email and call your Senator on ALL FOUR DAYS.  Contacting your Senator on just one of those days is not enough. As we have seen, the opposition is fierce and vocal, and Senators MUST hear from more people who support expanding health insurance coverage in Michigan than from those who oppose it. Click here to take action, and then share this link (http://bit.ly/12tyv5b) with others and ask them to take action too!

The Battle Creek Enquirer quoted Family Health Center CEO and President A.J. Jones, who said: “I called our Michigan senator, Mike Nofs, and said, ‘I’m not understanding why you don’t vote yes on this.’ It’s going to make us a better community, a healthier community, and we can demonstrate as you heard today 6,000 people who would be added to the Medicaid roles [sic], who would not be using the emergency room.”

Governor Snyder’s tour continues this week and next in additional communities across the state. Watch MPCA’s Facebook for news regarding Medicaid expansion, and sign up for our weekly eUpdate to have news delivered to your inbox each Friday.

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