Census Shows Decline in Number of Uninsured in Michigan
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Posted by: MPCA
According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week, the number of uninsured Michiganders declined in 2013, falling to 11% (1,072,000 people) from 11.4% in 2012. The rate of uninsurance in our state is expected to drop even further this year as the result of the Health Insurance Marketplace and Healthy Michigan Plan.
The Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program, opened for enrollment on April 1, 2014. Now, just six months into enrollment, over 385,000 low-income adults are enrolled to receive the benefits this affordable insurance coverage provides, such as preventive and wellness services, chronic disease management, prescription medication, and emergency services.
“The expansion of Medicaid invests in the health and well-being of our state’s residents, families, and communities, and in increasing access to care,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Primary Care Association. “The 260 assisters at Health Centers across the state have done tremendous work to not only connect residents with affordable health insurance, but to also connect them with a primary care provider. Having a regular source of care is critical to ensuring that coverage translates to preserving health, staying out of the emergency room, and improving quality of life and productivity.”
Medicaid enrollment is open to eligible individuals year around, and enrollment for health care coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015 begins November 15, 2014, and continues until February 15, 2015.
Michiganders who need assistance understanding and applying for health insurance are encouraged to contact their local Health Center for assistance. Michigan Health Centers trained as Certified Application Counselor organizations serve as local resources where their patients and fellow community members can get help understanding and applying for coverage.
Michigan’s successful and historic progress with Healthy Michigan Plan enrollment, together with the 272,539 Michiganders who selected a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, has brought affordable health coverage to over 650,000 Michigan residents this year.
“The new health coverage options have already begun to meaningfully strengthen Michigan’s health care safety net, and we are excited by the advancement toward achieving access to quality care for all Michigan residents. As more and more Michiganders become insured and have a regular source of care, the health of our state will continue to improve, health care costs will decline, and businesses and taxpayers will realize savings. These are benefits that Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan legislators who supported the Healthy Michigan Plan envisioned when they led the expansion effort. It’s a new day in Michigan,” said Sibilsky.