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Expanded Medicaid Program Exceeds Expectations

PHOTO: Since its Apr. 1 rollout, more than 322,000 Michiganders have signed up for the Healthy Michigan Plan, but advocates for the uninsured say there is still work to be done and continue to spread the word about the different options. Photo credit: D. Sanders.
PHOTO: Since its Apr. 1 rollout, more than 322,000 Michiganders have signed up for the Healthy Michigan Plan, but advocates for the uninsured say there is still work to be done and continue to spread the word about the different options. Photo credit: D. Sanders.
August 4, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Just four months into its launch, state officials say the Healthy Michigan Plan – the expanded Medicaid program for low- and moderate-income residents – already has met its enrollment target for the year, providing insurance coverage to more than 322,000 Michiganders.

Perry Wright, who says he suffers from high blood pressure and other health issues, is among the new enrollees. Wright explained he had been uninsured for two years after losing his job. He said finding out he qualified for the Healthy Michigan Plan was a huge weight off his shoulders.

"I feel great," said Wright. "I'm not as scared. I mean, you don't ever want to have anything bad happen to you, but at least you know you've got something that, if something does happen, that someone's there to help you out."

To be eligible, individuals must have an annual income at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which is roughly $16,000 for an individual or about $33,000 for a family of four.

Wright thought the enrollment process was simple, and he encourages other Michiganders who are currently uninsured to look into the plan. As he put it, the stress of living without insurance was complicating his health issues and affecting every part of his life.

"It was 'a lot' scary," he said. "I was thinking about, 'I don't want to have any mishaps.' Even driving the car – you get in an accident and you don't have insurance? You're in a world of trouble."

Although Michigan has exceeded its first-year enrollment target, volunteers continue to canvass the state, helping to raise awareness of the new coverage options and help walk people through the process.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI