Medicaid expansion enrollment soars to 600,000 a year in; hurdle remains to keep program going

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LANSING, Michigan — More than 600,000 low-income adults have signed up for Medicaid a year after Michigan expanded the insurance program under the federal health care law.

Now Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is working to ensure the Healthy Michigan program continues.

Michigan law requires the state to get a second waiver from the Obama administration by year's end or the Medicaid expansion will end next April. Under the waiver, adults who have been enrolled for four years would have to buy private insurance through a health exchange or pay more toward their care.

It's unclear if federal officials will be receptive because they had concerns two years ago.

The number of uninsured adults in Michigan dropped in half to 7 percent between 2012 and 2014, largely due to expanding Medicaid.

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