State announces year’s enrollment goal already met
The State of Michigan set the Healthy Michigan Plan’s first year enrollment goal at 322,000 – and sign-ups for these health care benefits for low-income residents have reached that number in less than a third of that time. The smooth enrollment process has allowed Michiganders to sign-up quickly, so the 12 month enrollment projection was met in under four months. Gov. Rick Snyder is applauding those responsible for the program’s clean roll out, which began April 1, thanking, “the Michigan departments of Community Health (MDCH), Human Services (DHS) and Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) for their leadership in implementing the Healthy Michigan Plan.” The governor also touted “the host of health and human services and business organizations for the help and hard work in spreading the word and helping Michiganders enroll.”
MDCH Director James K. Haveman said, “We wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for the support of our partners in healthcare, the business community, and the media in reaching residents to get them enrolled. This is a wonderful example of how a health program should work, and proof that the Healthy Michigan Plan is doing just that.”
Ricardo Ingram is a 32 year old metro Detroit father of two. While his current job allows him to assist at his son’s elementary school, it doesn’t provide health care benefits, so Ingram had been uninsured for nearly six years. When a trip to the emergency room for strep throat set him back nearly $3,000, he avoided doctor’s visits all together. Ingram says a buddy he plays football with – a community health worker at Detroit’s Thea Bowman Community Health Center on McNichols near Greenfield – encouraged all of the uninsured guys on the team to sign up for the newly available health insurance.
Ingram says the staff at Bowman enrolled him in the Healthy Michigan Plan in less than 10 minutes and he got his first physical examination in many years. A vitamin deficiency was discovered that could affect bone density and strength. Ingram says he’s glad to know about the condition and to have the prescription-strength vitamins to address it so that he can remain active.
“As young black men, we must take steps to keep ourselves healthy,” said Ingram. “You want to keep yourself healthy for your family. If you’re out here and get messed up, you can’t be there for your kids.”
Director Haveman added that, “Enrolling more than 322,000 people shows that Michiganders are ready to make positive changes for their health and their communities.” The MDCH director also says the Plan is positively impacting the entire state. “Reaching our goal ahead of schedule is great news for the physical and financial health of our state and doing so within only 14 weeks of launching the program shows that we are well on track for improving the quality of life for our residents as Michigan’s comeback continues.”
Michiganders can get more information, or enroll in the Healthy Michigan Plan any time, by either going online to www.healthymichiganplan.org, calling 1-855-789-5610, or by walking in to a Michigan Department of Human Services office. To qualify, you must be between 19 – 64 years of age, not enrolled in or qualified for Medicare or other Medicaid programs, and not be pregnant. The applicant’s income must be at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level – calculated using Modified Adjusted Gross Income – which comes to $16,000 for a single person or $33,000 for a family of four.
The Healthy Michigan Plan is affordable and it covers essential health benefits while limiting the amount in deductibles the insured person pays. The Healthy Michigan Plan Handbook, which is available on the website, details what is covered, including: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity care; mental health and substance use disorder treatment services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services for 19 and 20 year olds, including oral and vision care.
“The Healthy Michigan Plan is providing hard-working Michiganders with the health care coverage they need to lead healthy, productive lives,” Snyder said