House approves Rep. Vaupel’s plan protecting Michigan children

Measure gives parents more opportunities to choose health care coverage

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The Michigan House this week unanimously approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Hank Vaupel to help children have access to affordable health care coverage.

Vaupel’s plan allows parents involved in certain court proceedings to meet legal requirements by having their children enrolled in affordable public health care coverage programs.

Current Michigan law requires parents involved in child custody or divorce cases to provide their children with health care coverage through employment or private coverage. This new plan would allow parents to enroll their child in an affordable and accessible public health care plan to meet their obligations. Click here for more information on health plans available.

“This plan gives parents more opportunities to ensure their children are getting health care coverage for long-lasting health benefits,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “With these changes, Michigan would be in compliance with federal guidelines, ensuring parents can afford a health care plan fitting the needs of their children.”

House Bills 4304-05 now move to the Senate for further consideration.

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