LANSING, Mich., Sept. 22, 2021 — The Michigan House of Representatives passed a budget that includes historic investments in health care, child care and infrastructure. It will also fund $6.7 million to expand Medicaid coverage to include Sickle Cell Disease.

“This budget stands with the thousands of Michiganders living with sickle cell disease,” said state Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson (D-Detroit), who fought to include the expansion in the budget. “The funding given to expand coverage will ensure those living with sickle cell will have access to the lifesaving medications and treatments they need and address health care equity prominent in Detroit and across the state. We’ve also funded $8 million in new initiatives to reduce health disparities, which we know because of our battle with COVID-19, is very much needed.”

Johnson also secured $250,000 for Bridging Communities.