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Michigan Primary Care Association Honored by Enroll America for National Health Center Week

Tuesday, August 18, 2015  
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2015

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Enroll America: Paydon Miller

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Michigan Primary Care Association: Alyssa Jones
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Michigan Primary Care Association Honored by Enroll America for National Health Center Week

During National Health Center Week, Enroll America recognizes Michigan Primary Care Association's commitment to helping Michiganders access quality care, understand their insurance options, and enroll in affordable coverage.

Lansing, MI– As part of National Health Center Week (NHCW), Enroll America today recognized the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) for their work in helping low-income and medically underserved communities receive necessary primary care services, community outreach and education on health coverage options, and enrolling the uninsured in quality coverage.

NHCW is a weeklong campaign to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s Health Centers – the largest and most successful system of primary health care. Enroll America and MPCA have collaborated on expanding the access to educational and enrollment resources to Michigan’s uninsured, and due in part to the work of MPCA and its partners, more than 893,000 Michiganders have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“MPCA’s work has made them a true cornerstone of their community and a trusted resource to uninsured Michiganders,” said Erin Knott, Michigan State Director for Enroll America. “Thanks in part to their hard work, we’ve seen a dramatic decline in the uninsured rate in Michigan. But we know there’s more work to be done, and we’ll continue our efforts across the state to ensure that affordable health coverage becomes a way of life in Michigan.”

For over 30 years, MPCA has been the voice and membership organization for Michigan Health Centers and other community-based providers. Today, 40 Michigan Health Center organizations provide quality, affordable, comprehensive primary and preventive health care for over 600,000 residents annually at over 250 sites across the state.

Since the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2013 and the Healthy Michigan Plan in 2014, MPCA has collaborated with Enroll America to identify areas of need in Michigan and expand access to in-person enrollment assistance to help residents find a plan that fits their needs and budget.

“MPCA and Enroll America have a history of collaboration and we are proud to work alongside Enroll America to equip our Health Centers and assist Michigan residents in having access to quality health care and health coverage,” said Julie Tatko, Enabling Services Director, Michigan Primary Care Association. “Michigan Health Centers play a critical role in patient and community education, outreach, health navigation and coordination. Between July 2013 and March 2015, Michigan Health Center Outreach and Enrollment staff provided assistance over 236,000 times by answering health coverage questions, and providing education on new health coverage options and benefits. With the help of Enroll America, we are able to provide high- quality, low-cost care to the residents in Michigan.”

According to the National Association of Community Health Centers,
over 23 million people call a Health Center their health care home. With more than 9,200 sites throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories, the need for Health Centers continues to grow as an estimated 42 million Americans lack insurance. Health Centers provide a range of primary care services including pediatrics, OB/GYN, pharmacy, oral health, and mental health services as well as support services - transportation, translation, education, and connection to community supports including housing and food assistance. Health Centers are open to all regardless of insurance status and are located in a high-need areas and each Health Center tailors services based upon the community need.

“Health Centers are often the only resource people have to get information about their health and the treatment they need,” said Knott. “Without MPCA’s leadership and tireless effort, many Michiganders may face financial ruin from an unexpected illness or injury – or not be able to get care at all.”

Moving into the fall, Enroll America and MPCA will once again collaborate on a “Coverage to Care” effort that will work to educate the newly insured on how to use their coverage and increase the overall health literacy in Michigan.


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About Enroll America and Get Covered America

Enroll America is the nation's leading health care enrollment coalition. An independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Enroll America works with more than 4,600 partners in all 50 states to create cutting-edge tools, analyze data, inform policy, and share best practices in service of its mission: maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in and retain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. 

The Get Covered America campaign was created in 2013 to inform millions of eligible consumers about their new health insurance options, and has been tested, refined, and proven successful through two enrollment cycles. Get Covered America programs and tools are now being utilized by partners in enrollment efforts nationwide, supported by more than 100 Enroll America staff working both nationally and on-the-ground in targeted communities across the country.

 
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