Board of Directors Urges Expansion of Medicaid in Michigan

The Detroit Wayne County Health Authority Board of Directors approved the following resolution at its regular meeting on April 24, 2013:

Whereas, the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority was established to provide access to health care for all people; and

Whereas, many uninsured adults neglect routine health and dental care until their conditions become emergent, requiring expensive care; and

Whereas, an estimated 125,000 people in Wayne County are currently uninsured; and

Whereas, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides for the expansion of the Medicaid program to cover most of uninsured adults; and

Whereas, Gov. Snyder has endorsed the expansion of Medicaid in Michigan as a prudent measure that is affordable and will improve the quality of life for all; and

Whereas, Michigan stands to be one of only a few states in the nation that deprives vulnerable citizens with basic health and dental care coverage; and

Be it resolved, that the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority Board of Directors, acting on behalf of our member organizations and the citizens of Detroit and Wayne County, strongly urge our State Legislature to authorize Medicaid expansion.