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    SEIU siphons 'Dues' from Michigan Medicaid Payments

    byJoel Gehrke Commentary Staff Writer

    If you're a parent who accepts Medicaid payments from the State of Michigan to help support your mentally-disabled adult children, you qualify as a state employee for the purposes of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They can now claim and receive a portion of your Medicaid in the form of union dues.

    Robert and Patricia Haynes live in Michigan with their two adult children, who have cerebral palsy. The state government provides the family with insurance through Medicaid, but also treats them as caregivers. For the SEIU, this makes them public employees and thus members of the union, which receives $30 out of the family's monthly Medicaid subsidy. The Michigan Quality Community Care Council (MQC3) deducts union dues on behalf of SEIU.

    Michigan Department of Community Health Director Olga Dazzo explained the process in to her members of her staff. "MQC3 basically runs the program for SEIU and passes the union dues from the state to the union," she wrote in an email obtained by the Mackinac Center. Initiated in 2006 under then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., the plan reportedly provides the SEIU with $6 million annually in union dues deducted from those Medicaid subsidies.

    “We're not even home health care workers. We're just parents taking care of our kids,

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    So what is the current Republican governor and Republican legislature going to do about it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4thHorseman
    So what is the current Republican governor and Republican legislature going to do about it?

    There doing what they all always do ...nothing....this happens everywhere not just in one state

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    As "public employees" they would then be eligible for state pensions no?
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