Healthy Michigan plan enrollment tops 275,000

Added June 6th, 2014 by Jan Hudson | Email This Entry Email This Entry
Jan Hudson

Enrollment in the Healthy Michigan Plan as of June 2 totals 276,622. This is truly remarkable considering the program was implemented just over two months ago on April 1. Genesee County, at 98.5%, has enrolled the highest percentage of those potentially eligible. What a great achievement.

The Healthy Michigan Plan is Michigan’s unique Medicaid expansion plan. It provides comprehensive healthcare coverage to Michigan’s low-income uninsured residents. To be eligible for the program, an individual must be between the ages of 19 and 64, not currently eligible for Medicaid or Medicare, a citizen or lawfully admitted to the U.S., and have income less than 133% of the federal poverty level (up to $15,521 for an individual or $31,721 for a family of four).

Application for the program can be made by phone (1-855-789-5610), online at www.michigan.gov/mibridges, or in person at a local Department of Human Services office. Applications made through the on-line system can have eligibility determined in a matter of minutes and sometimes even seconds.

While enrollment has gone relatively smoothly, there have been a few bumps in the road, and a number of issues have been identified that require system modifications. Staff from the Department of Community Health are working with technology staff and Department of Human Services staff to resolve issues as they are identified. Some issues have been quickly resolved, other more complicated issues are taking more time.

The Department of Community Health updates the number of enrollees by county every Monday afternoon. Using these weekly enrollment updates, the Michigan Primary Care Association publishes a table that tracks each county’s progress in enrolling potentially eligible individuals.

This week’s Healthy Michigan Plan enrollment numbers now exceed the number of individuals enrolled in a Marketplace plan. Enrollment in Marketplace plans for the six-month enrollment period, from October 2013 to March 2014, totaled 272,539.

More than a half-million individuals have gained comprehensive healthcare coverage through a Marketplace Plan or the Healthy Michigan Plan. And Healthy Michigan Plan enrollment will continue. There is no specific “open enrollment” period – enrollment is always open.

This is great news for all Michiganians and particularly for those who newly gained coverage and now have access to the healthcare services they need.

— Jan Hudson

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