Tell Senator Shirkey To Stop Attacking Medicaid

The Healthy Michigan Plan—our state’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act—has been wildly successful.  Nearly 700,000 people now have access to primary care visits, dental visits, eye glasses and birth control. However, State Senator Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake) thinks that too many people are covered. 

In a scheme to reduce the number of enrollees, Shirkey has proposed Senate Bill 897, saying that all Medicaid recipients—both those in traditional Medicaid and those newly covered by the expansion—be required to work. At Planned Parenthood we see this for what it is: a blatant assault on healthcare access.

Let’s talk numbers:

  • Women are the majority of the Medicaid enrollees.
  • Medicaid is the largest payer of reproductive health care coverage, paying for 75% of family planning services.
  • States, like Michigan, that have expanded Medicaid have experienced the greatest gains in insurance coverage among women of color ages 18-64, with 3.3 million women of color gaining coverage in those states. 

It’s no wonder Shirkey is attacking the Healthy Michigan Plan—it works, and it especially works for women. Tell State Senator Shirkey and his colleagues that we are tired of their attacks on access to health care.

We also have heard from our champion legislators that one of the most effective ways to your voice heard is to share your personal story. Has Medicaid helped you or a loved one get or stay healthy? Find or keep a job? Please consider sharing your story with us. Click the following link to learn more:


  • State Senator Mike Shirkey


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Stop Attacking Medicaid

Dear [Decision Maker],

Medicaid and the Healthy Michigan Plan work. I want my fellow Michiganders to have access to Medicaid so that they CAN work, not the other way around.

I support the Healthy Michigan Medicaid expansion and am opposed to efforts to reduce or minimize the program.

Please stop pushing SB 897 - I don't want to go backwards.

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