2020 enrollment goes virtual

From November 1, 2020 to December 15th 2020, during the 7th annual open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace plans, the Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment (MMOE) workgroup switched its outreach approach to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Paper and electronic flyers were developed in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. MMOE  worked … Read more

Monitoring federal and state policy shifts

During the 2019 open enrollment period, from November 1, 2019 to December 15, 2019, WHI outreach activities included training 20 student volunteers from the University of Michigan to discuss health insurance options, creating and distributing 10,000 flyers (including 8,000 English and 2,000 Spanish) describing insurance options, creating and placing advertisements in six local media outlets, … Read more

MMOE members help 12,389 apply for health insurance

During 2018, members of the Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment (MMOE) workgroup—including the Washtenaw Health Plan and Packard Health—assisted low-income, uninsured, underinsured, and other individuals with more than 11,648 Medicaid or Healthy Michigan Plan applications and 741 Health Insurance Marketplace applications. 

Michigan Medicaid Work Requirements Bill becomes law

On June 22, Governor Snyder signed the Michigan Medicaid Work Requirements Bill into law. The bill would require able-bodied individuals to work at least 80 hours per month to be eligible for Medicaid. Washtenaw Health Initiative members, especially members of the Medicaid and Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment workgroup, spent months preparing the county’s Medicaid enrollees … Read more

Policies aim to disrupt opioid epidemic, test work requirements

In December 2017, new legislation was signed in Michigan to fight the opioid epidemic, aiming to prevent further addiction. Later, in early 2018, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allowed states to implement work requirements for Medicaid eligibility.

WHI members enroll 13,360 in Medicaid insurance plans

During the 2016-17 Open Enrollment period, 20 student WHI volunteers increased awareness and knowledge of health insurance coverage options by distributing over 6,000 flyers, hosting 12 outreach events, and hosting eight enrollment events in areas with high rates of uninsurance or underinsurance. The Washtenaw Health Plan provided additional financial and staffing support for these activities. … Read more

68 attend open enrollment events

In January, the Medicaid Outreach and Marketplace Enrollment workgroup hosted three events to encourage residents to explore insurance options through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the annual open enrollment period. Sixty-eight residents attended. 

2015 Open Enrollment outreach

In February, 6,000 flyers in English and 2,000 flyers in Spanish advertised the 2015 open enrollment period, when individuals could purchase lower-cost insurance on the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace. Local students, the Washtenaw Health Plan, and other partners helped distribute flyers to individuals and businesses across Washtenaw County, reminding residents that “coverage counts.” 

Medicaid expansion

On April 1st, 2014, the Healthy Michigan Plan—Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program—officially began. This act significantly impacted health outcomes for Washtenaw County’s most vulnerable by increasing eligibility for Medicaid to residents at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line. The next week, on April 9th, the Medicaid & Insurance Exchange Outreach & Enrollment workgroup … Read more