Medicaid sees 46,100 applicants after expansion

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state says about 46,100 people have applied for Michigan's expanded Medicaid plan since it launched last week.

The Department of Community Health says that as of 12 a.m. Monday, roughly 27,000 individuals had been enrolled in Healthy Michigan, which is intended to provide health insurance for hundreds of thousands more low-income adults.

The state launched the plan Tuesday, extending Medicaid eligibility to people making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. No major issues with enrollment have been reported.

Gov. Rick Snyder fought to persuade fellow Republicans in the Legislature to agree to the Medicaid expansion under the contentious federal health care law last year. The governor has said he expects 320,000 residents to sign up in the first 12 months.

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