Healthy Michigan Plan Second Waiver Public Hearing Scheduled
Friday, June 12, 2015
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will be hosting a public hearing to share information about the Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) waiver and status of the process, as well as receive comments and feedback on the implementation from enrolled individuals, providers, advocates, and other interested organizations.
The hearing is scheduled from 9 am to 11 am on June 24, 2015, at the Capitol Commons Center Building, 400 S. Pine St., Lansing 48913 - lower level conference rooms E and F. Picture ID is required to enter the building.
A live webinar broadcast of the hearing will be available the day of the hearing. The conference phone number and webinar link will be posted soon at http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_66797-355639--,00.html.
Additional information about the Waiver Concept Paper and how to submit comments can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2943_66797-355639--,00.html.
History: MDHHS is seeking approval from the federal government to modify the health care coverage program known as the Healthy Michigan Plan, as required by State law.
Specifically, MCL 400.105d(20) directs MDHHS to seek a waiver that would allow individuals who are between 100% and 133% of the federal poverty level and have had Healthy Michigan Plan coverage for 48 cumulative months to choose one of the following options:
- Purchase private insurance through the federal Marketplace (with eligibility for advanced premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions), or
- Remain in the Healthy Michigan Plan with increased cost-sharing up to 7% of income. This option also includes an increase in enrollee contributions to 3.5% of income (with the opportunity for reductions).
The individuals described above who do not choose one of these options will remain in the Healthy Michigan Plan under option 2.
MDHHS must submit the waiver request to the federal government by September 1, 2015. Approval of this request would allow the State of Michigan to maintain coverage for the approximately 600,000 individuals currently enrolled in the program.
Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services