Highlight on Michigan: Enrollment in Healthy Michigan Plan Exceeds First Year Goal in Four Months

Less than four months into the program, the number of enrollees in Healthy Michigan, the state’s Medicaid expansion demonstration has exceeded the goal for the first year. Originally, officials at the Department of Community Health expected enrollment to reach 322,000 by the end of the year. But Gov. Rick Snyder announced on July 10, 2014 that enrollment had reached 323,000. As of July 29, 2014, there were 341,634 members. The number of enrollees was anticipated to climb to an estimated 477,000 by 2021, but it may exceed 500,000 sooner than that.

As we reported in April, Michigan began accepting applications for expansion coverage on April 1, 2014, and by April 15 more than 100,000 individuals were enrolled in the program. Enrollment increased rapidly despite delays in processing applications due to communication issues between the HealthCare.gov website and MDCH.

Plan Benefits

Healthy Michigan plan beneficiaries share in health care costs through co-pays and yearly contributions based on annual income. The plan covers a variety of federally and state mandated health care benefits, including:

  • ambulatory patient services,
  • emergency services,
  • hospitalization,
  • maternity care,
  • mental health and substance use disorder treatment 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 for 19- and 20-year-olds, and
  • other medically necessary services as appropriate.

Enrollment System

Individuals can enroll online at www.michigan.gov/mibridges, by telephone, or in person at Michigan Department of Human Services offices. To keep the enrollment process running smoothly, MDCH continues to monitor the application and enrollment systems. State officials report that average wait times are minimal—less than one minute when enrolling via phone and less than 30 minutes in person.