Help protect the Affordable Care Act

I’m here to admit it. I’m a health policy nerd. I danced around my office when Michigan received a very important Medicaid waiver and I’m pretty sure all of my friends are tired of me talking about the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Luckily this passion (and a fantastic opportunity) recently landed me a job with the League as a health policy analyst!

I come to the League after nearly four years working on budget and health issues at the Michigan House of Representatives. To this day, my proudest professional accomplishment is my work on the development of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program, or Healthy Michigan Plan, under the ACA. Working with a diverse coalition of business groups, healthcare advocates, and Republican and Democratic legislators, we were able to develop a comprehensive and unique system of providing healthcare to working people. To date, 646,745 people have enrolled and enrollees have made 2.8 million primary care visits, which has resulted in uncompensated care costs dropping by nearly half in Michigan hospitals. Medicaid expansion is just one important component of the Affordable Care Act—but it’s not the only thing. (more…)

10 reasons the Affordable Care Act is good for Michigan

pdficonFebruary 2017
Policy Analyst, Emily Schwarzkopf

ACA good for Michigan





Happy EITC Awareness Day!

Tax season officially opened on Monday, January 23rd, and Michigan residents should be aware that there are a number of ways the federal and state tax code helps keep more dollars in your pockets and in your local economies. One of the best ways our tax system does this is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which is one of the most effective anti-poverty tools we have. This credit rewards working Michigan residents and helps them take steps toward self-sufficiency, and it has long-lasting, positive effects on children.

And EITC Awareness Day today helps ensure that workers with low and moderate incomes who qualify actually know about and receive it. (more…)

Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day highlights economic impact

January 27, 2017

Contact: Alex Rossman
Michigan League for Public Policy
Phone: 517.487.5436

Michigan League for Public Policy encourages families to apply for EITC, Legislature and Congress to pass expansions

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Friday, January 27 is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, raising awareness in Michigan and across the nation about the eligibility of many working men and women with low incomes for the credit and to advocate for the expansion of the EITC at the state and federal levels.

The federal EITC was started under President Gerald Ford and expanded by President Ronald Reagan, and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has advocated for its expansion as a valuable tool to encourage work while fighting poverty. Twenty-six states including Michigan and the District of Columbia have enacted their own version of the federal EITC to help working families earning low wages meet basic needs. (more…)

WSJM & WIRX Radio: League for Public Policy Reacts to State of the State Address

The Michigan League for Public Policy would like to hear more from Governor Rick Snyder about how the state can help its poorest residents. CEO Gilda Jacobs tells WSJM News she thinks he could have talked about programs to help the poor in his State of the State address.

“We still have poverty that is too high around the state,” Jacobs said. “We know that northern Michigan and the U.P. has very high numbers. Actually, Flint and Detroit have the highest poverty rates in the nation for cities their size, and in fact, child poverty went up in 80 of 83 Michigan counties.” Jan 17, 2017 — WSJM & WIRX Radio

The Detroit News: Snyder” ‘Every corner’ of Mich. at risk with aging pipes

Gilda Jacobs of the Michigan League for Public Policy said she was “thrilled” to hear the governor stick up for the Medicaid program and hopes he will continue to be “an ambassador for the really good parts of the Affordable Care Act and Healthy Michigan.” Jan 17, 2017 — The Detroit News

Detroit Free Press: Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State ‘light on Flint’

Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy, said she thought the speech was “light on Flint,” which “continues to be a huge human debacle that we need to pay attention to.”

Jacobs said she liked Snyder’s shout-out for Healthy Michigan. But she said she was disappointed the governor didn’t address and oppose plans in the GOP-controlled Legislature to reduce or eliminate Michigan’s personal income tax, which she said would kill any progress the state has made. Jan 17, 2017 — Detroit Free Press

WKAR Radio: Policy official Rossman looks ahead to State of the State

Alex Rossman is the Communication Director for the Michigan League for Public Policy. Looking ahead to Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State address, Rossman foresees areas of concern and celebration. Jan 17, 2017 — WKAR Radio



Detroit Free Press: Obama’s Michigan legacy: Detroiters debate his impact for city, black

While poverty has increased in Detroit, it declined statewide during Obama’s presidency, from a peak of 17.5% in 2011 to 15.8% in 2015, showing that Michigan’s economy did improve. The head of the Michigan League for Public Policy — which works on poverty and racial equality issues — praised Obama.

“Since our founding in 1912, the Michigan League for Public Policy has seen 18 presidents come and go,” said CEO Gilda Jacobs. “But few have had a greater impact on Detroit and Michigan, especially our most vulnerable residents who needed help and hope the most, than President Barack Obama. Jan 15, 2017 — Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press: Was President Obama good for Michigan?

“It’s an incredible legacy in Michigan,” said Gilda Jacobs, president of the Michigan League for Public Policy, a nonprofit advocacy group. “The bottom line is, hundreds of thousands of people got health insurance who were totally uninsured before.”

Jacobs said Republican Gov. Rick Snyder deserves credit as well for agreeing to expand Medicaid in Michigan, despite opposition from within his party.

She said in addition to covering more people, the law brought other benefits as well. Insurance providers are barred from denying coverage to people with a pre-existing condition and required to cover preventative care. Prescription drug costs for seniors have declined. With more people insured, hospitals have saved money on uncompensated care. Jan 15, 2017 — Detroit Free Press

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