Senate Republicans announce Health plan to help Michigans 1.2 million uninsured

“Senate Republicans today unveiled a comprehensive plan that will help make health insurance in the state affordable and accessible for uninsured Michigan residents,” said Sen. Tom George, M.D., lead sponsor of the legislation.

George said the MI Health package is an innovative approach that provides consumer protections and has the potential to cover half of the more than 1.2 million uninsured people in the state.

MI Health is a bridge for the working uninsured from government assistance to health care independence,” said George. “Importantly, it protects consumers from losing coverage if they get sick. It also includes a re-insurance mechanism that partially relieves Blue Cross Blue Shield of its burden.”

Central to the plan are its two programs to expand coverage for the uninsured. MI Access covers uninsured patients earning under 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, while MI Coverage protects those earning between 200 and 300 percent of that level.

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