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Healthy Michigan Medicaid expansion begins

By Emma Fidel, Associated Press – aired on WOOD TV 8, April 1, 2014

LANSING, MI (AP) – When Thomas Booth’s mom told him he needed health insurance, he knew she was speaking from experience. As a breast cancer patient, his mom has relied on her Medicaid coverage for years of treatment, he said.

“She’s been worried about me. She has stage-four breast cancer, so she understands the process of, if you get hurt or sick, it does cost a lot of money,” Booth said.

That’s why Booth, 24, was one of thousands of Michigan residents who signed up on day one for Michigan’s expanded Medicaid plan, which is intended to provide health insurance for hundreds of thousands more low-income adults.

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