Gov. Snyder takes Michigan’s priorities to Washington, D.C.

Governor Rick Snyder traveled to Washington, D.C. this past weekend for the annual National Governor’s Association Winter Conference. While in town, he used the opportunity to meet with elected officials from across the nation to discuss Michigan’s most pressing priorities — retaining the flexibility to administer our own state Medicaid program through Healthy Michigan, investing in modernization of our statewide infrastructure, and continuing strong job growth.

“I appreciate the confidence we’ve been shown by the president to reach out to the governors. … I’m in my seventh year as a governor and I’ve never seen anything like this in terms of outreach by both the administration and Congress.” -Gov. Rick Snyder

A number of panel discussions focused on potential changes to the Affordable Care Act, with governors from all across the nation taking part and hearing about Michigan’s success in adding personal responsibility to Medicaid using Health Savings Accounts and keeping costs low while expanding access to care. Some other states have implemented similar programs, while others haven’t expanded Medicaid at all.

(Photo: Evan Vucci / AP)

On Monday, Gov. Snyder met with President Trump at the White House, then traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress from both parties on their plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The governor said he was very encouraged by how well the input from governors was received, and he is hopeful that any upcoming reforms to health care will be made with a great deal of collaboration between states, the President and Congress.

“It is clear to me that now more than ever before, Washington, D.C. is listening to the states.” -Gov. Rick Snyder

In addition to the ACA, the governor discussed the need for prioritizing investments in major infrastructure, such as the Soo Locks in Michigan, as well as advancements in cybersecurity.

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