Gretchen Whitmer on Health Care
No work requirements for Medicaid; expand it instead
Q: Support or Repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Accept Medicaid expansion to subsidize low-income participants? Require people to work to receive Medicaid?
Bill Schuette (R): Repeal ACA. Replace with private insurance. Calls work requirements "the
welfare reform of the 21st century."
Gretchen Whitmer (D): Supports ACA. Held "Save Healthcare" rallies and led state Senate negotiations for Medicaid expansion. Opposes work requirements, which remove coverage "when we should be expanding."
Source: CampusElect.org Issue Guide on 2018 Michigan Governor race
, Oct 9, 2018
Support Medicaid expansion
I led negotiations to expand access to healthcare to more than 630,000 Michiganders through the state's Medicaid expansion.
We must keep fighting to address the cost of health care and lower the cost of prescription drugs until everyone has access to an affordable health plan and can afford their treatment.
Source: 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial website GretchenWhitmer.com
, Nov 1, 2017
Require insurers to treat autism like other conditions
Legislative Summary:Insurers and HMOs shall provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Insurers and HMOs shall not do any of the following:
- terminate coverage or refuse to deliver coverage
solely because an individual is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
- limit the number of visits an insured person may use for treatment of autism spectrum disorders
- deny or limit coverage on the basis that treatment is educational or habilitative in nature.
- subject coverage under this section to dollar limits, copays, deductibles, or coinsurance provisions that do not apply to physical illness.
Legislative Outcome:Sen. Whitmer voted YEA; passed Senate 29-9-0, March 13; passed House 91-19-0, March 29; became law without governor's signature, April 19.
Source: Michigan Legislative voting records on SB415
, Apr 13, 2012
Page last updated: Mar 15, 2020