Lansing Regional Chamber Calls Ingham Health Plan Compromise Beneficial for County Taxpayers
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Lansing Regional Chamber Calls Ingham Health Plan
Compromise Beneficial for County Taxpayers
The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) called an agreement involving the distribution of funds from the Ingham County Health Services Millage a positive step forward for taxpayers of Ingham County. The agreement over the millage includes provisions that will save Ingham County taxpayers approximately $1 million in 2016. The compromise was approved by the Ingham County Commissioners on Tuesday night, October 27.
“We applaud the Ingham County Board of Commissioners for its efforts in negotiating what we think is a reasonable and fair plan,” said LRCC president & CEO Tim Daman. “We appreciate the willingness of commissioners to work with us to achieve a resolution we feel is beneficial for taxpayers.”
The Health Services Millage was approved by Ingham County voters in November 2014 to provide basic healthcare services county residents who are not eligible for Medicaid under the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). Since the launch of ACA and Medicaid expansion, the need for the funds dropped dramatically, and enrollment in the Ingham Health Plan (IHP) declined by 90 percent. The negotiated compromise will allow IHP to continue to provide services to low income residents while ensuring proper controls between Ingham County and IHP.
“We consider an important part of our role as an advocate for the business community in the region is to serve as a watchdog for how our units of government are managing their funds,” said Steve Japinga. “We will continue to be diligent in our efforts to fight for proper fiscal management in the public sector and to protect the interests of hard working business people and taxpayers in the region.”
The mission of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is to be the preeminent business advocacy organization in the Greater Lansing region by collaborating for economic growth, creating new opportunities for our members and upholding pro-business ideals through the advancement of sound public policy. More information about LRCC and its programs and services can be found on any of its social media platforms, including www.lansingchamber.org, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing Chamber), Linked In and You Tube.