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Healthy Michigan Plan Reaches 300,000 Enrollees

For Immediate Release: June 18, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – After just eleven weeks since its launch, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) today announced that the Healthy Michigan Plan has reached 301,645 enrollees.

Governor Rick Snyder and the state of Michigan kicked off enrollment for the Healthy Michigan Plan on April 1 to begin providing healthcare coverage to nearly half a million Michigan residents. In the first year, the Healthy Michigan Plan is anticipated to cover about 320,000 Michigan residents and eventually provide care for 477,000 Michiganders.

“Ensuring the health and wellness of all Michiganders is an important part of creating a healthier Michigan and driving our state’s continued comeback,” Snyder said. “The milestone of 300,000 enrollees reached by the Healthy Michigan Plan shows that we are moving in the right direction for the health of our residents and our state.”

Since the April 1 launch, MDCH, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget have continued to monitor the systems to keep the program systems running smoothly. On average, Michigan residents have experienced minimal wait times in MDHHS offices and on the phones. Most residents are experiencing a less than one minute wait time on the phone, and are able to apply and receive their eligibility determination within 30 minutes in person. Of the 301,645 new enrollees, roughly 215,000 have already enrolled in a Medicaid health plan.

“Reaching more than 300,000 Michigan residents less than three months into the program is a testament to the hard work being done at the State of Michigan, and by all of our partners within our communities,” said James K. Haveman, Director of the MDCH. “The Healthy Michigan Plan is making a real difference in the lives of Michigan residents and we’re greatly encouraged by the strong demand we’ve seen since its launch. This was the right decision for our small businesses, the healthcare community, and our hardworking residents.”

The Healthy Michigan Plan emphasizes personal responsibility and beneficiaries are required to share in the costs. There are also incentives for individuals to take responsibility for their lifestyle choices and to maintain or improve their health. Applicants for the Healthy Michigan Plan must be between the ages of 19-64, not currently eligible for Medicaid, not eligible for or enrolled in Medicare, and earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (approximately $16,000 for single person and $33,000 for a family of four).

Health coverage under the Healthy Michigan Plan includes both federally and state mandated Essential Health Benefits such as ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment, prescription drugs, rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, laboratory services, preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management, pediatric services including oral and vision care, and other medically necessary services as needed.

For more information about the progress of the Healthy Michigan Plan or to enroll, visit, your local Michigan Department of Health and Human Services office, or call (855) 789-5610.

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