Plan First! Extended
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
On February 28, 2014, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) issued a proposed policy bulletin that announced Plan First! would be discontinued on July 1, 2014. Plan First! is Michigan's Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver that provides Medicaid coverage for family planning and contraceptive services for women with incomes up to 185% of poverty.
MDCH accepted comments on the proposed bulletin, during which time MPCA advocated for the extension of Plan First!, at least until the next Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period that begins in November 2014.
Last Thursday, July 3, MDCH issued a final bulletin (MSA 14-28) announcing that Plan First! has been "extended for coverage from July 1, 2014, until further notice for beneficiaries who were enrolled in Plan First! on April 1, 2014, or may have been enrolled in Plan First! after April 1, 2014, and have not been determined eligible for full medical coverage."
While MPCA advocated for the extension of Plan First! for newly eligible women as well as current beneficiaries, we are pleased to see Plan First! extended for those women already enrolled.