Snyder Pushes For Medicaid Expansion; Answers Questions LIVE On WWJ 950

ROYAL OAK (WWJ/AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is heading to metro Detroit  to push his message on the need to expand Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.

As part of his push, he’ll chat live from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday on WWJ 950, answering listeners’ questions. Use the hashtag #askgov to get into the conversation on Twitter and Facebook. To stay in the loop, follow WWJ 950 and CBS Detroit on Facebook and WWJ 950 and CBS Detroit on Twitter.

Snyder’s live chat follows a meeting earlier Monday with community members and workers at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and Trinity Health in Livonia.

It’s all part of his effort to  encourage the Republican-controlled state Senate to pass his Healthy Michigan plan. The Senate adjourned June 20 without voting on Medicaid expansion legislation, much to the governor’s consternation.

Monday’s visits are part of a series of meetings Snyder is conducting across the state as he advocates for the health care legislation. He has an unusual alliance on the issue — with Michigan Democrats, who want to get 400,000 low-income workers covered by Medicaid.

Snyder’s office says the state is projected to save $206 million in the 2014 fiscal year by providing Healthy Michigan plan benefits to people now receiving services paid with general fund dollars.

What do you want to know? Get in on the conversation with #askgov!

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