New Michigan Medicaid enrollment exceeds 400K

Karen Bouffard
The Detroit News

Lansing — More than 400,000 Michigan residents have signed up for the state’s expanded Medicaid program as of Thursday, nearly the number that were expected to enroll over several years.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced Thursday that the number of people now enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan, the state’s expanded Medicaid program, reached 400,761 enrollees.

“The milestone of 400,000 enrollees reached by the Healthy Michigan Plan means that we are well on track for improving the quality of life for our residents,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement. “By ensuring the health and wellness of all Michiganders, we are helping create a healthier, stronger Michigan and driving our state’s continued comeback.”

The Healthy Michigan Plan launched on April 1, and state officials say the systems for implementation have run smoothly. Michigan surpassed its first-year enrollment goal of 323,000 on July 10. Total estimated enrollment for the program was expected to reach 477,000, but not for several years.

“Enrolling more than 400,000 people in less than six months shows that Michiganders are ready to make real changes to improve their health and wellness,” said Community Health Director Nick Lyon. “Based on these early results, we know that the Healthy Michigan Plan is making a real difference in the lives of Michigan’s residents.”

The plan was signed into law by Snyder in September 2013 to emphasize personal responsibility while reducing uncompensated care that shifts costs on to taxpayers and businesses. Beneficiaries are required to share in the costs, and the plan has incentives for individuals to maintain or improve their health.

Health coverage under the Healthy Michigan Plan includes both federally and state mandated benefits such as ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, mental health and substance use disorder services.

The benefits include behavioral health treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitative services and devices, laboratory tests, preventive care, chronic disease management and pediatric services including oral and vision care.