|Advocacy Alert: Medicaid Proposes End to Plan First |
The policy bulletin indicates MSA does not plan to request a renewal of the waiver. The rationale used in the bulletin is that the majority of women enrolled will now be eligible for either Healthy Michigan (Medicaid expansion - those under 133% of poverty) or for subsidized insurance through the Federal Exchange (those between 133% and 185% of poverty)
MCMCH believes that ending this program on June 30 is premature. There will be tens of thousands of women who will likely still be without coverage at that time because they either did not apply for or elected to forgo Healthy Michigan or private coverage. We further believe that even though preventive services are intended to be without cost sharing, perceptions and lack of understanding of cost sharing requirements could easily lead to women hesitating to seek care.
Please consider submitting comments on the draft policy bulletin and request that MDCH continue the Plan First Waiver for a period of time sufficient enough to assure that most women in fact are covered by other insurance and the need for Plan First does not appear necessary. We believe that most agencies serving women under Plan First will be fully engaged in helping women acquire more comprehensive care and that over time the need for Plan First will diminish.
To aid in our advocacy on this issue, please share a copy of your comments with MCMCH and cc your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.