blackdoctorsMore people are getting healthy with the Healthy Michigan Plan, a new option to help working people get healthy — at a cost that works for their budgets. As of this month, more than 276,662 Michiganders have enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan.

To be eligible, you must be between 19 – 64 years old; not be enrolled in or qualifying for Medicare or other Medicaid programs; and not be pregnant when filing the application. The final eligibility provision is that the applicant’s income must be at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level as calculated using the Modified Adjusted Gross Income method – which comes out to $16,000 for a single person or $33,000 for a family of four.

“With more than 275,000 Michigan residents enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan just a few short months into the program, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of 320,000 by the end of 2014,” said James K. Haveman, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. “The success of this program so far is a testament to the collaborative and innovative approach Michigan took in providing healthcare to nearly half a million residents. Over time, we anticipate that nearly 477,000 Michigan residents will enroll in the Healthy Michigan Plan which will help to make our residents and the state of Michigan, both healthier and stronger.”

All health plans offered by the Healthy Michigan Plan cover the essential health benefits, limit the amount of cost sharing (such as deductibles and co-pays) for covered benefits.

The Healthy Michigan Plan website provides information about what is covered. For example, the Plan provides: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity care; mental health and substance use disorder treatment services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services for 19 and 20 year olds, including oral and vision care. Plans will also cover other medically necessary services, as appropriate.

 

State residents can enroll in the Healthy Michigan Plan at any time by either going online to www.healthymichiganplan.org, calling 1-855-789-5610, or by walking into a Michigan Department of Human Services office.

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