MPCA CEO Kim Sibilsky's Statement on CMS' Approval of Healthy Michigan Plan
Thursday, January 2, 2014
The following statement is attributed to Michigan Primary Care
Association’s Chief Executive Officer Kim Sibilsky as it relates to the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) approval on December
30, 2013, of the Healthy Michigan Plan to expand Michigan’s Medicaid
program under the Affordable Care Act.
Michigan Primary Care Association thanks the federal government for
approving the state’s Healthy Michigan Plan to extend health insurance
coverage to more low-income working adults who are currently uninsured
or underinsured in our state.
By having coverage under this innovative plan beginning in spring
2014, nearly half a million Michiganders will ultimately benefit from
increased access to primary and preventive health care. The approved
plan will generate many positive outcomes for a healthier Michigan
including healthier individuals, families, and communities, as well as
significant economic benefits for Michigan taxpayers, employers, and the
state budget for years to come.
We were honored to work with our partners across the state in
advocating for Medicaid expansion throughout 2013—MPCA’s top policy
priority last year—and we look forward to continuing these
collaborations as we support Michigan Health Centers in their work to
educate and assist newly eligible Michiganders in enrolling in the
Healthy Michigan Plan. This is one more step toward ensuring all
Michigan residents have access to comprehensive, accessible, and
affordable health care, the foundation on which Health Centers were
established nearly 50 years ago.
Click here to read the State of Michigan's press release announcing CMS' approval.