“Many of the people who need help have not had access to health insurance in the past, and need help understanding how the insurance works, how to compare different insurance plans, and/or how to deal with the bureaucracies in the individual insurance market and Medicaid,” Teets said. “I have also helped a number of higher income people who want expert, impartial advice.”
Teets said that Enroll Michigan has done an excellent job of acquiring funding to support organizations that provide Navigators. He believes the ACA is a significant improvement over the prior individual insurance landscape, and that the Healthy Michigan Plan has been a blessing to many people, as well as improving the state’s economy and the state government’s finances.
“I have read about many other ideas to replace the ACA. Most are vague and lacking in detail, but the overall ideas are clearly inferior to the ACA,” Teets said. “I would say that at least 95% of the people I have helped as a Navigator are better served by the ACA than by any conservative replacement proposal. I think a single payer system like Medicare for all could be an improvement on the ACA, but it seems unlikely to be implemented in the near future.”
Teets has served on the board of Enroll Michigan for more than a year and is proud of the great work the organization has done statewide. He sees Enroll Michigan increasingly becoming a source of reliable information as the healthcare landscape may change.
“While Enroll Michigan and most Navigator organizations are not in a position to do advocacy about health policy, we can be important sources of information about health policy issues and how they may be affected by changes in federal and state laws and regulations,” Teets said.
Teets also serves on the board of the MetroHealth Foundation, a small foundation that makes grants to support physical health for people with low incomes in southeast Michigan.