By Natasha Robinson, MPCA Communications Specialist
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today announced his support of expanding the state’s Medicaid Program during a news conference with Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) and its “Expand Medicaid” coalition partners.
The Affordable Care Act allows for the expansion of Medicaid, comprehensive health insurance coverage, up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That means a single person earning about $15,000 annually or a family of four earning about $32,000 annually may qualify for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.
During the news conference, Governor Snyder highlighted the patient-centered model of care that Health Centers use to maximize the efficiency of physicians and other care providers and puts patients at the center of their care.
“FQHCs are a great mechanism to help people with lower income get better care,” Snyder said. In a press statement, he also said that expansion “puts Michigan rather than Washington in the driver’s seat in terms of implementation, which allows us to better address Michigan’s specific needs.”
Michigan Health Centers currently serve a third of the 300,000 residents expected to enroll under expansion in its first year. Enrolling previously uninsured patients into Medicaid will generate new revenue to expand Health Centers’ capacity to serve more patients, even in the absence of federal grant dollars.
“Michigan Primary Care Association and Michigan’s Health Centers applaud Governor Snyder for including in his fiscal year 2014 budget proposal the recommendation to expand Medicaid eligibility to more Michigan adults, most of whom are working in low-wage jobs without health insurance,” said MPCA Executive Director Kim Sibilsky. “As the largest network of safety net providers, Michigan’s Health Centers are in Michigan communities delivering care to people in greatest need of health care and human services. Every day Health Center providers see patients who have delayed seeking care because they have no insurance.”
Governor Snyder joined MPCA and other Expand Medicaid partners in reiterating the message that Medicaid expansion is right for Michigan because it will save money and save lives. The state will save about $1 billion over a decade as the federal government’s appropriations cover Medicaid services that currently must be funded by state taxpayers. These savings have been quantified and affirmed by the Michigan House Fiscal Agency, Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency and many other studies published since last summer.
To keep up with the latest information on Medicaid expansion and advocacy efforts, visit our Medicaid Expansion webpage.
Michigan Health Centers provide quality, comprehensive, affordable primary and preventive care to more than 600,000 people at over 220 delivery sites across the state. Their doors are open to all, regardless of insurance status or income level, and their services range from medical care, to dental care, to behavioral health care, to pharmacy services, and beyond.