More than 321,000 Michigan residents are among the more than 9.2 million Americans who signed up for 2017 health coverage through HealthCare.gov as of January 31, 2017, the end of this year’s open enrollment, according to the biweekly enrollment snapshot released by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently.
The report, issued on February 3, shows that 321,451 consumers have selected a plan in Michigan since open enrollment began on November 1, 2016. That figure includes 162,464 consumers in the Detroit area (a Designated Market Area).
Consumers may still enroll in Medicaid year-round, and could be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period through HealthCare.gov with eligible circumstances. Visit EnrollMichigan.com/Find-Local-Help to find a navigator near you, or visit EnrollMichigan.com/Calendar to find an outreach and enrollment event near you.
Nearly 310,000 Michigan residents are among the more than 8.8 million Americans who signed up for 2017 coverage through HealthCare.gov as of January 14, 2017, according to the biweekly enrollment snapshot released by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said that the number of people enrolled signals that Health Insurance Marketplace coverage is a product that Americans want and need.
“Strong demand is especially striking in light of the unique headwinds created by discouraging rhetoric from ACA opponents,” Burwell said. “More than 40,000 people have contacted our call center expressing concerns about whether they should sign up for coverage, with a sharp uptick in these questions last weekend. My answer is a resounding yes.”
The report shows that 309,780 consumers have selected a plan in Michigan since open enrollment began on November 1, 2016, an increase of more than 1,000 enrollments in the past two weeks. That figure includes 156,182 consumers in the Detroit area (a Designated Market Area).
Open enrollment in HealthCare.gov plans ends on January 31, 2017. Consumers can receive free, in-person assistance from Certified Navigators in Enroll Michigan’s statewide network. Visit EnrollMichigan.com/Find-Local-Help to find a navigator near you, or visit EnrollMichigan.com/Calendar to find an outreach and enrollment event near you.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell released her exit memo this week detailing how the nation has progressed by increasing access to quality, affordable health care, fighting health threats such as the Zika virus, leading in science and innovation, giving more people building blocks for success, and leaving the department stronger by reducing fraud, waste and abuse.
The nation has seen a historic reduction in the percentage of uninsured Americans, improved quality of health coverage, improved quality of care through collaboration with health care providers and hospitals, a reduction in the health care cost curve, and a reduction in the cost of prescription drugs, according to the report.
“We fulfill our mission every time we help the American people have real conversations about the real choices they face,” Burwell said in the memo. “Whenever we put the American people at the center of their decisions and empower them, our nation grows stronger. That has been our goal at the Department of Health and Human Services throughout President Obama’s Administration, and I hope it continues to be the legacy of this Department well into the future.”
Burwell was sworn in as the 22nd HHS secretary on June 9, 2014.
Enroll Michigan continues to provide outreach, education, and enrollment services to consumers across the state of Michigan – connecting Michigan consumers to coverage. Click here to read the entire memo.
More than 308,000 Michiganders are part of a record-breaking 8.8 million people nationwide who have signed up for coverage through HealthCare.gov since open enrollment began on November 1, 2016. This compares to about 8.6 million plan selections last year at this time, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Total plan selections as of December 31, 2016, which include auto reenrollments, consist of 2.2 million new consumers and 6.6 million returning consumers. Among returning consumers, 4.4 million actively selected a plan, an increase from last year’s already high levels of consumer engagement.
“With 8.8 million Americans signed up for coverage through HealthCare.gov, more than last year at this time, it is clear that Americans want and need this vital coverage,” said U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “As we enter the New Year, Americans who are still uninsured should sign up by January 15th to have coverage starting February 1.”
A report released earlier this week by the University of Michigan says that expanding Medicaid in Michigan has boosted the state’s economy and budget, and will continue to into the future. The Healthy Michigan Plan’s economic impact will generate enough funds to cover its own costs, the researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The analysis looks at the total economic impact of the Healthy Michigan Plan, which began in April 2014 and currently covers about 600,000 low-income Michiganders. Most were uninsured before enrolling in the plan, which is mainly supported by federal funds under the Affordable Care Act. The maximum income a single adult can have to enroll in the Healthy Michigan Plan is about $16,400.
But besides the enrollees, other Michiganders are benefiting from the expansion, the U-M team shows.
The ripple effects generate more than 30,000 new jobs every year – one-third of them in health care and 85 percent in the private sector. These jobs yield about $2.3 billion more in personal spending power each year for Michigan residents.
The new jobs and related personal spending are generating approximately $150 million in income and sales tax revenue annually for the state. The state will also continue to save money it would have spent on other safety net programs if Medicaid had not expanded.
(Source: University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, http://bit.ly/2hZVu4Y)
Enrollment in the Healthy Michigan Plan is open year-round and Enroll Michigan’s Certified Navigators are happy to help with outreach events, educating consumers, and enrolling consumers. To find help near you, click here.
Enroll Michigan has divided our state into 10 regions to make sure there is a Navigator Agency nearby to assist you at no cost. To find a navigator agency near you, just identify what region you live in using the map and then review the navigator agencies listed as serving your region of the state. Keep in mind, new agencies are being added to the network regularly.