Enrollment has healthy start
|By Krystle Wagner, Grand Haven Tribune, Mich.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Since the Healthy Michigan Plan was launched in April, more than 300,000 residents throughout the state -- including about 3,460
The program is in response to the federal Affordable Care Act requiring states to either expand
Over time, state officials estimate more than 477,000 residents will receive coverage through the program.
Minicuci said residents enrolling in the program previously didn't have many other health insurance options. She said the residents impacted are low-income, hardworking individuals who have minimum-wage jobs and haven't had enough money to pay for health insurance.
The plan is available for
Through the health care program, services such as hospitalizations, maternity care, laboratory services, prescription drugs, and mental health and substance abuse disorder treatment services are covered with co-pays that range from
The Healthy Michigan Plan requires participants with an annual income between 100 percent and 133 percent of the federal poverty level to contribute at least 2 percent of their income for cost-sharing purposes.
Residents can apply by phone at 855-789-5610, online at www.michigan.gov/mibridges, or in person at a local
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