Ypsilanti asked to commit $1,000, join Washtenaw Health Initiative

Original post on AnnArbor.com, by Katrease Stafford at 5:56 a.m. Nearly 29,000 individuals in Washtenaw County are without health insurance and the Washtenaw Health Initiative, a volunteer group organized to prepare the county for the full implementation of the federal health care reform, said it knows the way to increase access to insurance. Washtenaw Health Initiative leaders asked … Read more

Repost from AnnArbor.com: Beyond politics: the Affordable Care Act, your doctor and you

Originally posted by Betsy de Parry, AnnArbor.com Community Contributor, on Sun, Jul 15, 2012 : 8 a.m. The Supreme Court’s decision to mostly uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) set off an incessant roar about whom the decision helps or hurts politically. I’ve wanted to scream, “What about us — the patients? And what about our doctors?” I’m not alone. … Read more

Online access to food stamps and Medicaid makes life easier

This post highlights some of the work being conducted by a number of WHI member organizations: Michigan Department of Human Services, Washtenaw Health Plan, and the United Way of Washtenaw County.   Original post from AnnArbor.com – guest post from the Washtenaw County Public Health Department Many people turn to public assistance programs when they lose a … Read more

Detailed Report of Ann Arbor City Council Discussion to Join Washtenaw Health Initiative

Originally posted on the Ann Arbor Chronicle BY DAVE ASKINS  JULY 8, 2012 at 10 am Excerpted from Sustainability Permeates Council Meeting – Agenda reflected goals: green streets, tax abatements, appointments City Membership in Washtenaw Health Initiative The council considered a resolution that allows the city of Ann Arbor to become a member of the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI). The resolution altered … Read more

City Joins Washtenaw Health Initiative

Originally posted on the Ann Arbor Chronicle JULY 2, 2012 at 8 pm by Chronicle Staff At its July 2, 2012 meeting, the Ann Arbor city council passed a resolution that allows the city of Ann Arbor to become a member of the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI). The resolution altered the budget for fiscal year 2013 (which … Read more

Ann Arbor asked to commit $20K toward Washtenaw County’s accessible health care initiative

Originally posted Wed, Jun 13, 2012 : 5:56 a.m. on AnnArbor.com By Ryan J. Stanton Political Reporter Washtenaw County has the potential to be a model for communities across the United States when it comes to ensuring its residents have access to health coverage. That was the message leaders of the Washtenaw Health Initiative delivered to the Ann Arbor City Council during a … Read more

County Is Charter Member of Health Initiative

Originally posted on the Ann Arbor Chronicle APRIL 4, 2012 at 8 pm by Chronicle Staff Washtenaw County is becoming a charter member of the Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI), following final approval given by county commissioners at their April 4, 2012 meeting. The effort aims to expand health care coverage for the county’s low-income residents. The … Read more

Washtenaw County leaders develop, implement recommendations to shrink health care service gaps.

The Washtenaw Health Initiative—a collaborative group of Washtenaw County community leaders and organizations that has worked together on a voluntary basis over the past year to improve access to health care for the county’s low-income, Medicaid, and vulnerable populations—announced today that it has helped more than 700 people in Washtenaw County obtain or keep Medicaid coverage or obtain access to other critical social supportive services.

Washtenaw health care collaborative plans for influx of insured patients in 2014

Originally posted on Crain’s Detroit Business by Jay Greene on July 07, 2011 1:53 PM  Modified: July 07, 2011 3:10 PM The Washtenaw County Health Initiative, a newly formed collaborative, is working with 40 local health organizations to identify service gaps and increase access to health care services as the nation moves toward expanding the availability of insurance under health care … Read more

Washtenaw County leaders unite to meet community’s current and future health care need.

Voluntary group shares information, ideas for closing health care gaps for county’s low-income, uninsured, and Medicaid populations. Thanks to a new initiative, low-income residents, Medicaid recipients, and the uninsured in Washtenaw County could see current gaps in health care services start to shrink before 2014, when health coverage expands nationwide under federal health care reform.
A voluntary effort by local leaders aims to improve coordinated care today for low-income, uninsured, and Medicaid populations by identifying and, where possible, closing service gaps for these individuals.