Effects – Michigan « Affordable Care Act – Health Care Reform Act (2010)
Effects of Health Care Reform
(The Affordable Care Act or "ObamaCare")
- Health Care Reform (Congressman Dale Kildee)
This year, every insured American family will pay $1,017 — and insured singles will pay $368 per year — in insurance premiums just to cover the medical expenses of the uninsured. That's $42.7 billion this year – or $1,354 per second. This "Hidden Health Care Tax" is the undisclosed insurance premium surcharge, paid by America's businesses and insured Americans, that subsidizes the uncompensated health care costs of the uninsured. So if you think reform will cost you more to cover the uninsured, you need to know you're paying more now.
- Health Care Reform (Senator Carl Levin)
I supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which took an important step toward a decades-old goal of leaders across the political spectrum: making sure every American has access to affordable, quality health care.
- Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency Memo on ACA Medicaid Expansion Cost Savings (Steve Angelotti – 6/28/12)
There appears to be only one major impact on the State of Michigan. Under the ACA, Medicaid will be expanded to cover all people under 133% of the FPL. In Michigan it is believed that this will lead to about 400,000 new individuals being covered, at a total cost of roughly $2.0 billion Gross. The expansion will be 100% federally funded initially, with the match rate dropping to 90% by the year 2020 and beyond.
- What Does Health Care Reform Mean for Michigan? (Congressman Gary Peters)
There has been much discussion about the politics surrounding health care reform. But what will the reform signed by President Obama today really mean for Michigan residents?
- Historic Ruling to Create Largest Health-care Overhaul in Decades (Detroit Free Press – 6/28/12)
Michigan, which challenged the law and declined to accept $10 million in federal funds to implement a key piece of the legislation while waiting for the decision, now has to scramble to meet the law’s deadlines. The biggest comes January 1, 2013, when states must have set up the initial framework for health insurance exchanges where consumers and small businesses could purchase insurance, beginning in 2014. In a statement, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said the law “misses the point on the most important reforms needed in our health care system.” Without more cost controls, the nation’s and the state’s economic recovery is in jeopardy, he said.
- Michigan Medicaid Expansion Uncertain (Battle Creek Enquirer – 7/1/12)
Last week, progressives nationwide celebrated a historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that they hoped ended a three-year conflict over what role the government should play in providing health care to its citizens. But in Michigan, the battle may just be beginning. The court mostly upheld the national health care reform initiative, but it also gave the states the option to not expand Medicaid coverage for all low-income citizens without a funding penalty. But following Thursday’s ruling, no state Republican leaders, including Gov. Rick Snyder, have yet committed to moving ahead to add roughly 500,000 uninsured residents to the Medicaid rolls beginning Jan. 1, 2014 — despite a federal pledge to pay the full tab in the first two years and ultimately pay 90 percent of all costs after that.
- Michigan Responds to Health Care Medicaid Expansion (WILX.com – 6/29/12)
The Supreme Court's decision Thursday means that should Michigan go along with the expansion of Medicaid, when the law takes affect, a household of four earning $30,656.50 or less will qualify for Medicaid. Unlike the current system, which only covers children and pregnant women, all household members under the new system will receive health insurance. That includes husbands, wives, and children. Opponents to the Affordable Care Act, including Michigan's Attorney General feels the expansion would be crippling.
- Some Metro Detroiters Look to Health Reform to Get Care They Need (Detroit Free Press – 6/29/12)
Health care will continue to expand to thousands more Michiganders through 2014, when some of the most sweeping provisions of the Affordable Care Act take place. But while many are waiting, others have already been beneficiaries of health care reforms — those with pre-existing conditions, seniors who now get extra services and community health centers that are in line for boosted federal funds.
- The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Michigan (HealthReform.gov – 7/2/12)
Small business tax credits, closing the Medicare Part D donut hole, support for health care coverage for early retirees, new consumer protections in the insurance market, extending coverage to young adults, affordable insurance for uninsured with pre-existing conditions, strengthening community health centers, more doctors, new Medicaid options.
- Upholding of Health Care Reform Law Reverberates Across Michigan (BattleCreek Enquirer – 6/28/12)
“We are ecstatic! This is great news for all Michiganders who are one accident, one tumor or one layoff away from health and financial disaster,” said Karen Holcomb-Merrill, policy director for the Michigan League for Human Services.
- Why Health Care Reform is Important for Michigan (AARP)
A brief recap of the issues with links to other resources.
Resources about Healthcare Reform in Michigan
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Reforms under the Affordable Care Act will change the way health care is financed, delivered and regulated. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is committed to helping our stakeholders understand the law and how it will affect them for years to come. We invite you to visit this website regularly for reform news and updates.
- Health Care reform in Michigan (Michigan League for Human Services)
Resources, statements, letters, publications regarding why health care reform is good medicine for Michigan.
- MHA Health Reform Resource Center (MI Health & Hospital Association)
The MHA Health Reform Resource Center will monitor provisions of the law that affect Michigan hospitals and health systems and provide tools, information and resources for members as reform is implemented.