• March 23: ACA signed into law by President Obama. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox (R) joins multistate lawsuit challenging the law’s constitutionality.
• March 31: Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) creates the Health Insurance Reform Coordinating Council to oversee the ACA’s implementation.
• September 30: The Department of Community Health (DCH) is awarded $1 million by the federal government for exchange planning.
• November 2: Rick Snyder (R) elected governor. Republicans win control of the House and win seats in the Senate. Republicans win their largest majorities since the early 1950s.
• December 2: The Coordinating Council releases its reporting recommending the state run its own exchange.
• January 1: Rick Snyder (R) sworn in as governor.
• February–June: Public sector consultants tasked with leading work groups to solicit input from stakeholders. The final report was released June 17 and recommends Michigan develop its own clearinghouse exchange as a quasi-governmental organization.
• September 14: Governor Snyder releases a “special message on health,” calling for the legislature to pass legislation creating an exchange by Thanksgiving.
• November 14: US Supreme Court announces it will consider the cases challenging the ACA’s constitutionality.
• November 29: Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) awarded $9.9-million level 1 establishment grant.
• December 13: House passes supplemental funding bill without authorizing LARA to spend its grant.
• January 19: House Health Policy Committee holds its tenth hearing on the exchange without taking a vote. Thirty-one people testified at this meeting lasting more than three hours.
• June 28: US Supreme Court announces ruling upholding the ACA but making the Medicaid expansion optional; House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) and Committee Chair Gail Haines (R) continue to resist exchange.
• November 6: Barack Obama reelected President. Republican majority in the House reduced; House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) and Committee Chair Gail Haines (R) publicly support an exchange for the first time.
• November 15: Obama administration extends the deadline by which states need to decide.
• November 29: House Health Policy Committee vote 9–5 against an exchange bill that was tie-barred to an abortion bill. Four Democrats abstained or did not show up. One Republican did not vote.
• January 17: LARA awarded $31 million level 1 establishment grant.
• January 22: Governor Snyder submits letter to HHS declaring plans to create a partnership exchange.
• February 28: House votes 78–31 to approve supplemental funding bill authorizing LARA to spend the $31-million level 1 establishment grant.
• March 5: HHS gives conditional approval of Michigan’s partnership blueprint. The Senate never took a vote on the supplemental funding bill, effectively blocking the grant and preventing the state from doing the work required to operate a partnership exchange.
• September 16: Governor Snyder signs legislation expanding Medicaid.
• October 1: Open enrollment begins, Michigan is part of the federal exchange.