Marleau named to Medicaid workgroup

Sen. Jim Marleau has been named to a workgroup formed to study and offer possible options for legislative progress on reforming Medicaid in Michigan.

Marleau, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health Policy, said he was pleased to be a part of the Healthy Michigan Workgroup and excited to get started.

“The market-based strategies in House Bill 4714 are a great start, and now the Senate has limited time to impact this bill in a positive way,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “We have an opportunity to improve on this goal of a healthier Michigan through empowering Michiganders to make healthy decisions.

“Access to high value health care is key to a good quality of life in Michigan. The state leads the nation in developing strategies to use health insurance premiums and copays to improve health while reducing costs.”

Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw, will be leading the workgroup. The other members are Marleau, Sen. Bruce Caswell, R-Hillsdale; Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc; Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy; and Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart.

The Healthy Michigan Workgroup will meet during the summer and then present their findings to Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.