Mich. Asks Feds for Medicaid Expansion Approval

Medicaid would be expanded to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level, meaning that those living at or near poverty (about $30,000 per year for a family of four) would receive health care. In total, 320,000 Michiganders will be covered in the first year, 470,000 will be covered by 2021, and Michigan’s uninsured population will drop by
about 46%.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan has submitted its request to the federal government for approval of a Medicaid expansion plan signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.

State Department of Community Health Director Jim Haveman told The Associated Press on Friday he expects the Obama administration to sign off by year's end. The expansion is set to begin in April.

Michigan needs a federal waiver because its plan to expand health insurance to more low-income adults differs from the standard option available under the federal health care law.

Haveman says adults making between 100 and 133 percent of the poverty line will have to see a primary care physician within 60 days of enrollment. The waiver request also has details on minimum copays and premiums for recipients and benefits like adult dental coverage.


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