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Michigan’s Expanded Medcaid Program Starts Today

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Today 4-1-14 is the day enrollment begins today for Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program.

Michigan’s expanded Medicaid plan, called Healthy Michigan, is looking to cover 320,000 people in the first year.

The website unlike our federal healthcare exchange website went through rigorous testing in an effort avoid the technical glitches that plagued the rollout of the federal health insurance marketplace last fall.

Here are some points to know about Healthy Michigan and Medicaid:

Who’s eligible: The plan is available to Michigan residents ages 19 to 64 who are not currently eligible for Medicaid or Medicare, and earn up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which is about $16,000 for a single person and $33,000 for a family of four.

How to apply: Michiganders can find information on the plan at They can apply any time online at, by phone at (855) 789-5610 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, or you can apply in person at Michigan Department of Human Services offices and federally qualified health centers.

What you need to apply:
• Social Security numbers of everyone included on the application, including dependents.
• Employer and income information for everyone in the family, such as a W-2 form or wage statement.
• Policy numbers for your current insurance plan, if you have one.
• Information on any job-related insurance that’s available to your family.

Good luck

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