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Another benefit of Michigan Medicaid expansion: reducing state prison costs

It’s not just good for the state budget — it’s good for the health of current and former prisoners, which may help keep them from returning to prison.

I wrote more than a year ago about the benefits Medicaid expansion would bring to Michigan, including a boost to the health of Michigan’s citizens and its economy, with $1 billion in federal funding and an expected $2.1 billion increase in economic activity.

Now, the Healthy Michigan Plan — Michigan’s version of Medicaid expansion — is on track to help the state save $19 billion in 2015 and improve the health of current and former prison inmates.…

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URGENT ACTION: Be heard on Michigan health insurance rate increases before Aug. 1

Some insurers want to raise your rates significantly for 2015. In Michigan, it’s your right to tell them how you feel about that.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has gone a long way toward making health insurance more affordable, but until there’s full reform of the insurance industry, there isn’t very much incentive for insurance companies to stop raising your rates year after year.

Michigan gives consumers a chance to comment on premium rate increases as part of the rate review process — and the time to speak up is now.

Public comments on proposed rate increases must be submitted before August 1, 2014.

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Michigan tea partiers in full-blown panic over possible creation of state-run health insurance exchange

With the recent conflicting rulings by federal courts over whether subsidies for health insurance can be used by residents in states relying on the federal health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act, there is discussion of revisiting the creation of a state-run exchange in Michigan.

There could be another push in Lansing to set up a state-run website to purchase insurance through the federal healthcare law. [...]

Republican Jim Marleau chairs the state Senate Health Policy Committee. He says the federal health exchange has worked well for Michiganders since problems with the website were fixed late last year.

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Mark Totten: AG Bill Schuette helped give half million Michiganders a $4700 tax hike in Halbig case


Photo by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog

A federal court’s decision in the Halbig v. Burwell lawsuit earlier this month threatens the Affordable Care Act subisidies of nearly a half million Michiganders. The ruling contends that the law is written to exclude subsidies from residents in states that rely on the federal health insurance exchange. This, of course, wouldn’t be an issue if Michigan Republicans not stopped our state from setting up its own exchange.

In an op-ed in The Detroit News today, Democratic candidate for Attorney General Mark Totten calls the result a tax hike on a half million Michiganders and lays the blame for it largely on Republican AG and tea party darling Bill Schuette:

This week, a federal court accepted Attorney General Bill Schuette’s argument that hundreds of thousands of Michigan families are ineligible for federal tax credits to purchase health insurance.…
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Michigan insurers are denying transgender people coverage for necessary medical care

Advocates are working to get the same services covered for trans men and women that are covered for everyone else.

Jay Maddock has known he was a man for most of his life, even though that’s not the body he was born with. At age five, he told his dad he wanted to be a man, and was fortunate to grow up in a family that didn’t push gender stereotypes.

After spending 10 years living as a gay woman, Maddock decided he wasn’t going to let another year go by without living his real life. At age 25, he came out as a transgender man, and in 2011 he began his medical transition with therapy, testosterone injections and surgery to remove his breasts.…

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National Republicans attack Schauer and Peters, still beating the dead Obamacare horse

GOP.com, the website for the Republican National Committee (RNC), is currently featuring a blog entry titled, “Another ObamaCare Promise From Peters And Schauer Falls Flat In Michigan”. In it, they continue to senselessly pound the dead Obamacare horse as they attack Michigan Democrats Mark Schauer, our gubernatorial candidate, and Gary Peters, our candidate for the U.S. Senate.

The RNC clearly didn’t get the memo.

This time, they are highlighting the fact that a handful of health insurance companies that offer policies under the exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act are asking for price increases and offer this titillating subtitle: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Michiganders Face Double-Digit Premium Increases Under ObamaCare.…

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Two years after SCOTUS upheld Obamacare, people keep getting covered — including young adults

People are still signing up thanks to ongoing Marketplace enrollment opportunities and Medicaid expansion.

June 28 marks the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As of June 27, an estimated 8.6 million people had signed up for a qualified health plan, with another 6.4 to 8.6 million signing up for Medicaid and CHIP, according to Eclectablog contributor Charles Gaba at ACASignups.net.

In fact, as Charles points out, Americans continue enrolling during the “off-season,” if they have a qualifying life event such as a change in jobs, marital status or state of residence.…

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People continue getting insured under Obamacare — and you can help

Get Covered America weekend of action offers opportunities to volunteer and spread the word.

The task of getting more people insured is never done. That’s why the Get Covered America campaign is kicking off a weekend of action on Friday. While celebrating its one-year anniversary of educating consumers about their new health insurance options, the campaign will be sending volunteers into communities across the country.

Volunteers will be knocking on doors, staging phone banks and conducting small business outreach. In addition to educating consumers about the next open enrollment period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), which begins November 15, Get Covered America staff and volunteers will let consumers know they may be eligible for a special enrollment period right now if they have had a qualifying life event such as getting married, having a child, moving, or losing other health coverage.…

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Medicaid expansion closes in on 300,000 enrollees in Michigan

The response has been outstanding, but there are still more uninsured Michiganders to reach—and Enroll Michigan is on it.

You might say there was some pent-up demand.

Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) didn’t launch until April 1, so uninsured Michiganders had to wait three extra months to enroll in the Healthy Michigan Plan. That’s because the Republican-led legislature didn’t give the law immediate effect, which would have allowed the program to launch January 1, 2014.

But people seeking insurance — and those helping people enroll — were undaunted. As of June 16, a total of 297,909 Michiganders had enrolled in the low-cost or free health insurance coverage available through the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s version of Medicaid expansion.…

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Cancer patient: ‘If it wasn’t for Obamacare, I’d be dead in 12 months’

Getting health insurance turns one woman’s diagnosis from terminal to hopeful.

A cancer diagnosis is terrifying enough. The only thing that’s worse? Knowing you don’t have insurance and can’t possibly afford to pay for treatment.

Marion N. Seidel has been uninsured since she changed jobs seven years ago. She’s worked the same job ever since, but could never afford her share of the coverage her employer offered: $600/month for herself and her daughter. On the rare occasions they got sick, the 52-year-old single mother would just pay cash for doctor’s appointments.

But over the last year, Seidel started having some health issues that kept sending her to the doctor.…

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