“I was proud to vote to in support of the final version of legislation that will take advantage of federal dollars to extend Medicaid coverage to more than 400,000 men, women and children who need health care in our state. This expansion simply makes good economic sense; it will take a huge burden off of Michigan taxpayers, since people who had before relied on emergency rooms as their only source for health care will now be able to access preventive medicine. Unfortunately, because the Senate voted to delay the new law’s taking effect, it will be months before this policy can begin to help those families, and state government stands to lose $7 million per day in federal funding because of the delay. Regardless, I was so glad to be part of this bipartisan process, and am relieved that the bill is nearing passage.”