CHRT, IHPI members share Michigan’s Medicaid expansion experience

September 1, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements, Michigan Medicine News,

How did Michigan become one of just six states with a fully Republican-led state government to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act? Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation staff and members of U-M’s Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation explain.

How did Michigan become one of just six states with a fully Republican-led state government to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act?

It’s a timely question, because today the state government will ask the federal government for permission to continue the innovative program with Michigan-specific coverage provisions.

In a Health Affairs Blog post, staff from the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) and members of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI) share Michigan’s path to expansion.

“The Healthy Michigan Plan (Michigan’s version of the Medicaid expansion) went into effect on April 1, 2014,” the authors write. “One year into this expansion, Michigan’s experience has confirmed some expectations but vastly exceeded others.”

Among the areas of exceeded expectations: enrollment. Healthy Michigan Plan enrollment surpassed the state’s first year projection in less than four months.

Read the blog post here.

Authors include:

  • Marianne Udow-Phillips, MHSA, CHRT director
  • Kersten Burns Lausch, MPP, formerly a CHRT health policy analyst
  • Erin Shigekawa, MPH, formerly a CHRT health policy fellow
  • Richard A. Hirth, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan
  • John Z. Ayanian, M.D., MPP, Inaugural Director of IHPI, Alice Hamilton Professor of Medicine at the Medical School, Professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health, Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

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