The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) allowed for states to extend Medicaid access to a broader range of people. The expansion would provide health coverage to an estimated 450,000 Michigan residents with incomes up to 133 percent of poverty, ($15,282 for an individual and $31,322 for a family of four), who do not qualify for Medicaid under the rules set by the state of Michigan. In addition to increasing access for individuals, a study by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) estimated that expanding Medicaid eligibility would save the Michigan state government $983 million over the next decade (2014-23).
Health problems due to lack of health care are barriers to gainful employment for many, and health-care related costs are one of the primary sources of financial instability. Large savings to the state frees up dollars to be dedicated to other human service priorities.
613 people took action by writing 918 letters to 142 elected officials
Michigan’s lawmakers ultimately approved the expansion of Medicaid, paving the way to provide 450,000 Michigan
residents with access to quality healthcare.