Why Michigan Needs Health Reform!

The Simple Facts…

  • Roughly 6.6 million people in Michigan get health insurance on the job, where family premiums average $13,250, about the annual earning of a full-time minimum wage job.
  • Since 2000 alone, average family premiums have increased by 94% in Michigan.
  • Household budgets are strained by high costs: 19 percent of middle-income Michigan families spend more than 10 percent of their income on health care.
  • High costs block access to care: 12 percent of people in Michigan report not visiting a doctor due to high costs.
  • 11 percent of people in Michigan are uninsured, and 61 percent of them are in families with at least one full-time worker.
  • The percent of Michiganites with employer coverage is declining: from 74 to 66 percent between 2000 and 2007.
  • Much of the decline is among workers in small businesses. While small businesses make up 78 percent of Michigan businesses,9 only 41 percent of them offered health coverage benefits in 2006 — down 13% since 2000.
  • Preventative measures that could keep Michiganites healthier and out of the hospital are deficient, leading to problems across the age spectrum:
    • 12 percent of children in Michigan are obese.
    • 17 percent of women over the age of 50 in Michigan have not received a mammogram in the past two years.
    • 31 percent of men over the age of 50 in Michigan have never had a colorectal cancer screening.
    • 71 percent of adults over the age of 65 in Michigan have received a flu vaccine in the past year.

If you are having difficulty gaining access to quality, affordable health care contact the Community Health Center (CHC) in your area. A complete list of Michigan’s CHCs can be found online at www.mpca.net or you can search for the nearest CHC using your address.


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