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.
Under the program, they can also receive incentives for tackling health issues or maintaining healthy behaviors. Those with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or depression, will be better able to manage their conditions since they will have no copays for either services or medications related to the condition.
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 online system can have eligibility determined in a matter of minutes and sometimes even seconds.
The first Healthy Michigan Plan Progress Report, published on the Department of Community Health website in December, provides additional information on the program. The report depicts enrollees by age, sex and income level.
What could enhance the joy of the holiday season more than knowing nearly 500,000 previously uninsured or under insured Michiganians are now enjoying comprehensive healthcare coverage and gaining healthier lives?
– Jan Hudson