Michigan Medicaid expansion tops 900K enrollees

BY: - April 14, 2021

Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program, known as Healthy Michigan, now has 900,100 enrollees. This is the highest enrollment in the plan made possible by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since it was signed in 2014 by former Gov. Rick Snyder. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Healthy Michigan beneficiaries  jumped from just under 682,000 in late […]

Biden cancels Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements

BY: - April 7, 2021

Updated with comments from Whitmer and Gilchrist, 2:43 p.m., 4/7/21 President Joe Biden rescinded Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements this week, reversing restrictions that had been approved by former President Donald Trump in 2019. The waiver, which had taken effect on Jan. 1, 2020, but was blocked by a federal judge two months later, had conditioned […]


Column: How the Affordable Care Act can keep people out of prison

BY: , and - March 3, 2021

Many former inmates struggle with mental health and substance use disorders. Appropriate treatment for these illnesses can be what stands between successfully reintegrating into society and returning to a life of crime – and ultimately back to prison. We are scholars who study the implications of health insurance reform for criminal recidivism. In our recent […]

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Two-thirds of low-income students miss out on Michigan financial aid program

BY: - February 17, 2021

Only one-third of the over 400,000 eligible undergraduates in Michigan are actually receiving college grants available to them from the state’s largest financial aid program. Removing existing barriers and increasing eligibility for low-income students are the primary recommendations outlined in a new report released today by the Century Foundation, a New York City-based progressive think […]

Billions for Medicaid expansion dangled in front of holdout states

BY: and - February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats are trying again to entice a dozen holdout states — many of them in the South — to expand Medicaid coverage with the prospect of billions of dollars in federal cash. The new offer, included in a massive $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that House Democrats are pushing through committees […]


Column: If Obamacare goes away, here are eight ways your life will be affected

BY: - November 10, 2020

More than 10 years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) once more hangs in the balance. There have been plenty of near misses before, including previous Supreme Court appearances and congressional votes. Yet in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, this time around Republicans may finally be successful in undoing the […]

800K now enrolled in Healthy Michigan Plan, gov raises concerns about ACA being overturned

BY: - September 29, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday the Healthy Michigan Plan, the state’s expanded Medicaid program, is now providing health care coverage to more than 800,000 low-income residents for the first time.  Michigan expanded Medicaid as allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, a GOP-backed suit that seeks to dismantle the […]


Column: Broadening postpartum coverage could boost maternal health

BY: - August 27, 2020

About five months ago, I became a mom.  I met my daughter in the early hours of the morning, and the days since have been the best and hardest of my life. It has been a time of healing and rapid learning. A time when feelings of exhaustion, wonder and frustration mingle and fluctuate, sometimes […]

Report: Michigan could lose up to 82K health care jobs amid pandemic 

BY: - August 17, 2020

When people lose jobs during the pandemic, they can also lose their job-based health insurance. That leads to dwindling funding for hospitals and health care providers, which can trigger a double whammy of even more job losses in the already-strained health care industry. Michigan is projected to see anywhere between 49,000 and 82,000 job losses […]


Column: How Medicaid changes can us get through COVID-19, fiscal crises

BY: - May 21, 2020

In our high school social studies classes, one core topic is federalism — the shared authority between states and the federal government.  This relationship has implications for state-level public policy any day of the week, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been on full display as the patchwork of stay-home orders and administrative regulations […]

Can lessons from the Great Recession help states avoid budget disasters? 

BY: and - May 11, 2020

As they face massive budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic, states are looking for federal money to help stave off the kind of drastic cuts they enacted during the last economic downturn. State budget officers and economists generally agree that cuts to state spending worsened the Great Recession in the years following 2008. Layoffs, […]

600K Michiganders lost employer-based health insurance during pandemic

BY: - May 4, 2020

More than 1.2 million Michiganders have filed for unemployment insurance and almost half of those workers likely lost employer-provided health insurance amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study from the Economic Policy Institute. Between March 15 and April 25, 590,684 Michigan workers who received health insurance through their employer filed initial claims for unemployment […]