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

Awards and honors

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the University of Michigan Health Policy Student Association (HPSA) received an award for its work with the WHI during the 2013 open enrollment period. 70 students associated with HPSA received training from the WHI on the basics of the Affordable Care Act and the new health insurance options available … Read more

First open enrollment

On October 1st, Michigan’s Health Insurance Marketplace opened for the first time. The WHI Medicaid & Marketplace Outreach & Enrollment workgroup coordinated community-wide education, outreach, and enrollment for Marketplace plans. These efforts included providing technical assistance to more than 40 people to become Certified Application Counselors (CACs) at more than 15 organizations, developing and distributing … Read more

Preparing for Medicaid expansion

In April, the Medicaid Outreach and Enrollment Committee began to plan a coordinated effort to enroll newly eligible Medicaid recipients. The workgroup strategically identified safety net clinics and social service organizations that might be interested in aiding efforts to enroll patients. The workgroup also educated local small business owners about the Affordable Care Act’s small … Read more

Seven new projects

At the June 28th Steering Committee meeting, the WHI leaders formally outlined seven projects: Primary Care Navigation; Care Navigation; Dental Acute Care Expansion; Dental Reduced Fee Program; Streamlining Medicaid Eligibility as a Beta Test for the State; Medicaid Enrollment; and Community Outreach for Medicaid Enrollment. The projects’ goals and objectives were shared by the two … Read more

First WHI committees

By Monday, March 7th, during an early meeting of WHI Steering Committee members at the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT) in Ann Arbor, four committees had been established: primary care capacity, dental care, mental health and substance use disorder care, and health insurance enrollment. On the same day, the Dental Care subcommittee had … Read more