Thousands apply for Medicaid expansion on opening day

Thousands apply for Medicaid expansion on opening day

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing From Gongwer News Service More than 11,000 people applied for Medicaid on Tuesday, the first day where eligibility was expanded to those with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.  State officials reported success in processing the applications through the Healthy Michigan website, but there were some technical glitches. A Gongwer News Service staff member attempted to apply and about a half-hour into the application, hit an error and despite logging out and logging back in continued …

Healthy Michigan enrollment starts today

Healthy Michigan enrollment starts today

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing From MLive LANSING — Enrollment begins today for Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program. State officials say they’re ready to handle a “large number of people” applying for the health insurance program that’s available to some 477,000 low-income Michiganders. That number includes 75,000 residents age 50 to 64 who are not yet eligible for Medicare. The plan, called Healthy Michigan, is expected to cover 320,000 people in the first year. The website went through rigorous testing in an effort avoid the technical …

Expanded eligibility for Medicaid takes effect April 1

Expanded eligibility for Medicaid takes effect April 1

Posted on 03/21/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing From Gongwer News Service On April 1, Michigan residents whose incomes are 133 percent of the federal poverty level will be able to sign up for Medicaid when expanded eligibility takes effect, the capstone of what was the most controversial policy issue enacted by the Legislature in 2013.  Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday that enrollment in the program called Healthy Michigan would begin Tuesday, April 1.  In a press release, Mr. Snyder said the program would both help improve people’s health …

MSU Extension offers 'Smart Choice for Health Insurance'

MSU Extension offers ‘Smart Choice for Health Insurance’

Posted on 03/11/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The best story I ever heard about Michigan State University Extension was about its very beginning, a hundred years ago, when Extension agents travelled the countryside getting farmers to adopt electricity. Who knew that’d be a tough sell? Farmers back then did, of course, but imagine how their lives, their descendants’ lives, our dinner plates and our country have since been transformed by that simple adoption. Well, MSU Extension is at it again. In 80 counties across Michigan, it is …

Many Uninsured Michiganders Are Eligible for Coverage

Many Uninsured Michiganders Are Eligible for Coverage

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The state’s approach to Medicaid expansion received federal approval in December, and the program—called Healthy Michigan—will begin in April. Individuals with annual income up to $15,282 and couples with income up to $20,628 may be eligible. Participants must share costs through copayments and income-based premiums but can reduce their costs by enrolling in a healthy behaviors component. “This program is particularly important to uninsured people who are over 50 but too young for Medicare,” said Jacqueline Morrison, AARP state director. About …

Announcement on Medicaid expansion application expected in mid-March

Announcement on Medicaid expansion application expected in mid-March

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Health & Wellbeing From Gonger News Service Community Health Director James Haveman told a House subcommittee on Wednesday that he hoped to be able to announce by mid-March when individuals could apply for Medicaid coverage under expanded eligibility requirements enacted by the Legislature in 2013.  Once an announcement is made, he expected people should be able to actually sign up in April, with their coverage effective still effective on April 1, Mr. Haveman said to reporters after the meeting with the House Community …