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.
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.