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March 20, 2017

The Honorable Tim Walberg

U.S. House of Representatives
2436 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative Walberg,

As Congress considers legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and reform
Medicaid, I want to ensure you are aware of the impact that changes may have on beneficiaries
in Michigan who rely on these programs for access to care and overall health. I also want to
provide my perspective on priorities for federal health reform and highlight how they have been
utilized at the state level to drive meaningful reform that has increased access to cost-effective

In its current form, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) shifts significant financial risk and
cost from the federal government to states without providing sufficient flexibility to manage this
additional responsibility. The proposed legislation reduces federal resources that our state relies
on to assist 2.4 million Michiganders enrolled in traditional Medicaid and the Healthy Michigan
Plan, our states innovative Medicaid expansion program.

The current federal debate has largely focused on the Medicaid expansion population, including
over 650,000 childless adults and parents that are enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan.
However, half of all children in Michigan are served by traditional Medicaid each year and
roughly 63,000 of them currently reside in your district. Moreover, more than 338,000
individuals with disabilities receive their health care and support services through Medicaid and
an estimated 19,000 of these individuals reside in your district. Altogether, there are 1.75
million children, seniors, pregnant women and disabled individuals served by traditional
Medicaid in Michigan, and roughly 104,000 of them reside in your district. As you know, these
are our states most vulnerable citizens, friends and neighbors. The proposed AHCA will
adversely impact them.

While reforming the nations health care system is vital, it is imperative that gains in health
coverage and access to care are maintained. These ideas are not mutually exclusive.

In Michigan, innovative approaches to improving quality and value are being utilized to support
each individuals personal responsibility for their health. This has resulted in significant
reductions of nearly 50% in uncompensated care, a dramatic decrease in the number of
individuals using the emergency room as a regular source of care, and nearly 85% of enrollees
taking part in annual primary or preventive care visits. As drafted, the AHCA would eliminate
coverage from the 49,000 individuals enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan in your district, as
Michigan taxpayers assume responsibility over time for up to $800 million in additional costs.
This cost shift will trigger a provision in Michigan law ending the Healthy Michigan program.

I believe Medicaid reform is necessary, however, that reform must be approached deliberately to
ensure that state flexibility and innovation are valued, Michigan providers remain strong, and our
most vulnerable citizens do not fall through the cracks. Ideally, this would be done by removing
prescriptive program requirements that require states to seek waivers when implementing
innovative ideas. Instead, states would be given performance based outcomes with federal
involvement only when performance is lacking.

If Congress moves forward in passing the proposed AHCA, which shifts financial risk to state
taxpayers, my administration and the Michigan Legislature must possess the flexibility necessary
to manage that risk. The Trump Administration may provide additional flexibility to states,
however, I am concerned that federal agencies may encounter limitations in federal statute.
Ultimately, Michigan cannot rely solely on the promise of future action without seeing all of the
tools that will be at our disposal to manage the program.

In addition, under the proposed AHCA, I remain concerned about the affordability of insurance
coverage in the individual market. I am particularly concerned about the impact this legislation
may have on older Michiganders who could see significant cost increases.

I welcome the opportunity to partner with you to provide greater federal budget predictability
and improve health outcomes of Michiganders, which in turn relieves pressure on other social
programs. I have worked with other Governors to develop a proposal to accomplish these
objectives while also preserving coverage for Michiganders, and I hope this can serve as a
blueprint for you as we work together to accomplish these goals.

I look forward to continuing our partnership to help Michiganders lead healthy and productive


Rick Snyder