Michigan medicaid expansion

State had estimated more than 470,000 people to enroll, but not for several years

Laws designed to address blight and allow "bring your own wine" at restaurants with liquor licenses also go on the books

Medicaid expansion allowed under federal Affordable Care Act

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

The State Senate adjourned Wednesday without voting on an expansion of Medicaid. Minority Democrats tried to force a vote on the issue but failed.

The Gongwer News Service says only one Republican sided with Democrats in their attempt to get the bill out of committee. The proposal would add 470,000 Michigan residents to the list of those eligible for health coverage under Medicaid.

The State House has approved the idea but it remains stalled in the upper chamber despite strong pressure by Governor Rick Snyder.

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Governor Snyder came to Southwest Michigan this week to try and rally support for expanding Medicaid.