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MPCA Presents Champion for the Medically Underserved Award

Thursday, February 27, 2014  
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On behalf of Michigan’s 39 Health Center organizations, Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) presented Senator Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) and Representative Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake) with the Champion for the Medically Underserved Award during its Legislative Forum held in Lansing on February 26, 2014.


This annual award recognizes state legislators for their work to promote and protect affordable, quality health care for medically underserved populations in Michigan. Michigan’s Health Centers are health care homes for over 600,000 Michigan residents, many of whom would go without care were it not for their local Health Center. Nearly 32 percent of Michigan Health Center patients are uninsured, over 45 percent rely on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for insurance coverage, and over 92 percent have incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.


"MPCA commends Senator Richardville and Representative Shirkey for their leadership in ensuring more Michigan residents have insurance coverage through the bi-partisan Healthy Michigan Plan. This plan not only helps Michiganders better afford health care coverage, it does so while saving the state money at the same time,” said Kim Sibilsky, Chief Executive Officer, MPCA.


By having coverage under this innovative extension of Michigan’s Medicaid program beginning in spring 2014, nearly half a million Michiganders will ultimately benefit from increased access to primary and preventive health care, generating many positive outcomes for a healthier Michigan.


"Health Centers were established nearly 50 years ago to ensure access to care for all, regardless of insurance status or income level. The historic passage and implementation of the Healthy Michigan Plan is a monumental step toward achieving that mission, and this award is a token of our appreciation on behalf of thousands of Michigan residents,” said Sibilsky.


MPCA and Michigan’s Health Centers have joined with public, private, and nonprofit partners across the state in a coordinated effort to educate people who are eligible for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, and now that work is extending to the Healthy Michigan Plan. Enrollment staff located in Michigan communities are working hard every day to provide hands-on enrollment education and assistance to connect Michiganders to affordable health insurance coverage that is right for them.

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