MLPP Blog: Factually Speaking

Happy 50th anniversary Medicaid

Added July 30th, 2015 by Jan Hudson | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Jan Hudson

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the bill signing that created the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Michigan’s John Dingell was present at the signing in 1965, and in recent years continued to push for Medicaid expansion in Michigan that is helping so many more individuals today. (more…)

Supreme Court ruling affirms ACA the law of the land — the whole land

Added June 25th, 2015 by Jan Hudson | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Jan Hudson

The Supreme Court ruling announced today once again affirms the Affordable Care Act as the “law of the land” and continues federal subsidies for those who qualify and who purchase healthcare coverage through the federal Marketplace, also known as Healthcare.gov. (more…)

Let’s pass reasonable workplace policies

Added June 11th, 2015 by Peter Ruark | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Peter Ruark

Most of us agree that the best way to support ourselves and our families is through work. Our society places great value on working hard to move ahead. Yet, as a new Michigan League for Public Policy paper explains, workplace policies can be as much a hindrance to moving ahead as low wages.

The League paper is being released the same day that a Senate committee voted to pre-empt local governments from enacting workplace ordinances, such as earned sick leave.

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Action needed for 600,000 Michiganians to keep health coverage

Added May 11th, 2015 by Jan Hudson | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Jan Hudson

The Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s Medicaid expansion, has been in the news recently both because of its unprecedented enrollment success, and because for the program to continue, state law requires approval of a new federal waiver. Without the waiver, the Healthy Michigan Plan ends April 30, 2016 under current law and 600,000 Michigan residents lose their healthcare coverage.

The Healthy Michigan Plan law specifies that: (more…)

Healthy Michigan plan surpasses all expectations by first anniversary

Added April 1st, 2015 by Jan Hudson | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Jan Hudson

The Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program, celebrates its first anniversary today. What an amazing year it has been for the program – with enrollment currently just over 600,000! The governor’s budget for 2015 estimated enrollment at 400,000 and 450,000 for budget year 2016. The budget released in February 2015 revised those estimates upward to 540,000 for 2015 and 580,000 for 2016. Those forecasts already have been surpassed – and it’s only April. (more…)

Children’s Health Insurance Program in jeopardy

Added March 25th, 2015 by Jan Hudson | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Jan Hudson

More than 40,000 Michigan children could be at risk of losing their healthcare coverage if Congress doesn’t act and approve funding to continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program. A compromise was reached last Friday between House Democratic and Republican leaders to extend funding for two years with the current policies. While this is not perfect (a four-year funding extension under current policies would have been preferable), it is better than the proposal developed by the House and Senate chairs of the committees responsible for CHIP. The House committee chair is Michigan’s Representative Fred Upton who now will have the opportunity to support the compromise and be a champion for 40,000 Michigan children. If the compromise passes the House, efforts are expected in the Senate to strengthen the funding extension to four years under current policies. (more…)

Supreme Court: Another chance to affirm ACA as the law of the land — the whole land

Added March 4th, 2015 by Jan Hudson | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Jan Hudson

There is a lot at stake for about 300,000 Michiganians as the U.S. Supreme Court begins consideration of the King v. Burwell case today.

This case will  determine whether the Affordable Care Act permits the federal government to provide premium tax credits to qualifying individuals anywhere in the U.S. or only in states that established their own Health Insurance Marketplaces.

An adverse ruling in this case could eliminate these tax credits established in the law to make coverage more affordable. It is hard to imagine that Congress would have intended to pick winners and losers for healthcare coverage in such an arbitrary and surreptitious manner. (more…)

President urging seven paid sick days a year

Added January 16th, 2015 by Peter Ruark | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Peter Ruark

Imagine a line cook with a head cold having to turn aside and sneeze every few minutes while preparing your lunch. Or a couple of workers fighting the flu while caring for your child at a daycare center. Or your child sitting in school with a lot of sick classmates whose parents could not take the day off to care for them.

This kind of thing probably happens more than we would like to think, because many workers lose pay if they miss work due to sickness.

Thursday, President Obama urged  Congress to pass the Healthy Families Act, a law that would require employers to give their workers at least seven paid sick days each year. He also urged states and municipalities to pass similar laws. (more…)

Another milestone for the Healthy Michigan Plan

Added December 12th, 2014 by Jan Hudson | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Jan Hudson

The Healthy Michigan Plan reached another milestone this week with enrollment topping 481,000. That number exceeds the original enrollment projection of 477,000 for the entire program. It was expected to take two years to achieve full enrollment.

What an accomplishment in nine months!

The best part is that enrollees are actually receiving healthcare services. According to the Department of Community Health, more than 315,000 primary care and preventive care visits have occurred since the program was implemented. Enrollees are clearly engaged in improving their health and taking advantage of the services now available to them to do so. (more…)

Lame duck: Burning tires are ‘renewable’ energy

Added December 10th, 2014 by Shannon Nobles | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Shannon Nobles

While it may seem hard to believe, burning tires really is considered a source of renewable energy in the state of Michigan, at least, according to legislation passed by the House.

Burning tires, along with other types of hazardous waste, would be considered a source of renewable energy under a bill approved 63-46  by the House Thursday. (more…)

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