It looks like the amount of money the State of Michigan expected from the federal government to cover expansion of Medicaid was overestimated, resulting in thousands being turned away for treatment.

Conflicting reports on whether program is underfunding mental health is reporting today that the shortfall has derailed Governor Snyder's plan to save money by increasing the income limit for Medicaid to save on more expensive emergency room care.

Those with the Michigan Department of Community Health are disputing the claims saying more money was allocated to mental health funding.

The report finds, though, there are still funding gaps because the Healthy Michigan dollars cannot be used for services to those who don't have the coverage.

The Snyder administration is hoping to see enrollment nearing a half million people within a matter of months.  No word, though, on whether any gaps in coverage will adversely affect that goal.

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