10th anniversary timeline demonstrates the power of collaboration.
The Patient and Protection Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23rd, 2010. The most sweeping health care reform the U.S. had seen in decades, the ACA was meant to dramatically increase access to health insurance for those without employer-sponsored care, to expand access to Medicaid for low-income Americans, and to encourage states to develop and explore innovative medical care delivery methods designed to lower the cost, and improve the quality, of health care. The federal reforms were clear, but how Washtenaw County would respond was another question entirely.
After a special enrollment year, MMOE continues to focus on getting more Washtenaw County residents insured
The WHI’s Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment Work Group—also known as MMOE—serves the county by implementing projects and fostering partnerships that increase health insurance enrollment across Washtenaw County. This includes connecting with community partners, analyzing data, giving presentations, and hosting events that educate and encourage people to sign up for Medicaid or Marketplace health … Read more
The end of the PHE means big changes for health and human service benefits. Here’s a look at what’s on the line.
On January 31st, 2020—in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic—the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a Public Health Emergency (PHE) for the entire United States. Since then, the act has been continuously renewed in 90-day increments. The PHE has fostered the health and wellbeing of low-income Washtenaw County residents … Read more
WHI steering committee member, Brent Williams, honored by Michigan Medicine with lifetime achievement award
Michigan Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine has awarded Dr. Brent Williams, Washtenaw Health Initiative Steering Committee member, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes faculty members with distinguished achievement through a lifetime of inspired care for patients, service, mentorship, leadership, and scholarship, upholding the highest ideals of the profession while serving as an inspiration … Read more
Our 2019 impact report
The WHI’s 2019 impact report focuses on the activities undertaken by active work groups, comprised of representatives from dozens of Washtenaw County organizations that have much to be proud of.
2019 highlights include:
- MMOE Work Group members trained college students to distribute more than 10,000 flyers in low-coverage neighborhoods, giving residents and businesses contact information for local agencies that can assist them with Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan, and Health Insurance Marketplace applications.
- MHSUD Work Group members strengthened connections between behavioral health care providers and social service agencies across the county, helping to identify the community’s most pressing unmet needs, particularly around substance use treatment, and collaborated on action plans designed to address them.