Michigan Medicaid expansion tops 900K enrollees

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    Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program, known as Healthy Michigan, now has 900,100 enrollees.

    This is the highest enrollment in the plan made possible by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since it was signed in 2014 by former Gov. Rick Snyder.

    You can apply for the Healthy Michigan Plan at www.michigan.gov/MIBridgesor by calling the Michigan HealthCare Helpline at 855-789-5610. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/HealthyMiPlan.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Healthy Michigan beneficiaries  jumped from just under 682,000 in late March 2020 to more than 900,000 now. Michigan instituted policies to help families access affordable health care coverage such as deciding to avoid terminating Healthy Michigan Plan coverage and freeze premiums for as long as the COVID-19 public health emergency exists. The state qualified for additional Medicaid funding from the federal government through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

    “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and finances of so many Michigan families underscores the importance of the Healthy Michigan Plan for its 900,000 enrollees,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Providing affordable health care coverage to all Michiganders is critical.”

    Healthy Michigan Plan coverage is available to Michiganders ages 19-64 years old who have an income at or below 133% of the federal poverty level — $16,971 annually for a single person — and meet other eligibility requirements, such as not qualifying for other Medicaid programs.

    Last week, the Biden administration nixed work requirements for Michigan’s Medicaid program.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.