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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 75,000 state residents ages 50 to 64 will qualify for coverage.