Senate workgroup proposes changes to Medicaid bill

A group of senators has proposed changes it says are intended to improve a Medicaid expansion bill pending in the Michigan Senate.

The changes announced Wednesday aren't considered to be controversial and include requirements that a state agency create more financial incentives for Medicaid enrollees to be healthy.

The bill is expected to be considered by a Senate committee next week. It keeps intact the guts of a bill that won bipartisan approval in the Republican-led House in June but hasn't been voted on yet in the GOP-controlled Senate.

The legislation would make 320,000 more low-income adults in Michigan eligible for government health insurance in 2014 under the federal health care law. Gov. Rick Snyder is pressuring the Senate to vote, while conservative groups oppose any effort to implement "Obamacare."