Michigan Medicaid expansion to include childless and non-disabled

On Sept. 16, 2013, Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder, signed into law HB 4717. This bill will provide

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Medicaid coverage to 320,000 Michigan residents in its first year. Due to the delay of getting the bill through the Senate and House, it will not take effect until January 2014.

According to the Michigan.gov website, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the costs of the expansion for the years 2014-16, and decreasing their fiscal contribution from 95 percent down to 90 percent of the costs between 2017 and 2020. At this point, the cost to the recipients of the expansion is expected to be five percent of their annual income in the form of copays after the first year of enrollment.

The Medicaid.gov website noted this is the first time Medicaid coverage will be offered to adults between the ages of 19-64 who do not have children and are not disabled. The income limits under the bill are for those individuals who fall in the 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Basically, if you are in a one person family you may make up to $15,282/annually or $1273/monthly you still qualify for Medicaid.

The coverage offered under the Medicaid expansion will be for primary care physicians, preventative care, and check-ups to name a few. The individuals will choose a health plan which will offer coverage for prescriptions, family planning, and smoking cessation.

The uninsured rate in Michigan will drop by 46 percent when the expansion takes effect. Not only will this create nearly 18,000 jobs in Michigan, but it is anticipated there will be over $1 billion in savings for the state of Michigan, as well as an increase in the state’s economic activity by $2.1 billion, according to an email from Debra Johnson, executive director of St. Clair County Community Mental Health.

To apply for Medicaid simply go to Michgan.gov/dhs. The assistance application form is DHS 1171. You may also visit St. Clair County Community Mental Health at 3111 Electric Ave. in Port Huron, or the local DHS office located at 220 Fort St. in Port Huron to pick-up an application.

 

Jennifer Gibson
Staff Writer

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