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PPWNM Applauds Approval of Medicaid Expansion in Michigan

Published: | Updated: 08.28.13

"Today nearly half a million hard-working, low-income families are one step closer to the security of quality health care coverage to receive lifesaving care when they need it. We are happy that the Michigan Senate listened to the citizens of Michigan who have been calling on the legislature to accept the federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage to nearly half a million of Michigan's working poor. The Healthy Michigan plan will cover more people and save millions of taxpayer dollars that are currently spent treating uninsured people in emergency rooms. By expanding Medicaid to low-income parents, particularly mothers who are more likely to be single parents and face financial hardships, Michigan can ensure that children and families are more healthy and financially secure than ever.

"Thousands of Medicaid clients in Michigan already depend on Planned Parenthood for their preventive care. Under this expansion, Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan is committed to serving those newly covered Michigan residents with our quality, affordable, sexual health care including birth control, well-woman exams, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. We remain dedicated to providing accurate information and non-judgmental, confidential care to the communities we serve in West and Northern Michigan, no matter what."

Bridget White
Vice President of Medical Services
Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan, Inc.

Background information: Detroit Free Press coverage of vote

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Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) provides sexual health care and sexuality education services, and advocates for access to these services for everyone. PPWNM, an affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, operates health centers in eight Michigan cities  Big Rapids, Grand Rapids, Ionia, Marquette, Muskegon, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Wyoming providing medical and education services to thousands of women, men, and teenagers each year. Learn more: ppwnm.org.

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