Michigan lawmakers seek to restore millions in healthcare budget cuts

Michigan lawmakers are trying to override the governor's line-item budget vetoes that affect millions of dollars in funding for healthcare, according to the Bridge news website.

The vetoes by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rejected 24 funding measures, including $8 million in grants for rural hospital pregnancy and delivery services; a $34.2 million critical access hospital rate increase; a $5.2 million neonatologist rate increase; and $400,000 for a dementia care support program, the website reported.

Michigan lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced supplemental spending bills Oct. 8 to reverse the 24 line-item vetoes.

Amber McCann, a spokesperson for Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, told Bridge the legislation is "a starting point to begin a discussion about where the governor would be willing to correct some mistakes."

The supplemental spending bills come after the governor vetoed nearly $1 billion from a $59.9 billion budget.

Read the full Bridge report here.  


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