CHRT Board member named University Distinguished Professor

John Z. Ayanian, Alice Hamilton Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Healthcare Policy. He also is the Alice Hamilton Collegiate Professor of Medicine, director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and professor of internal medicine, Medical School; professor of health management and policy, School of Public Health; and professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

July 18th, 2019

Six faculty members have received one of the University of Michigan’s top honors as Distinguished University Professors.

The Board of Regents approved the appointments on July 18. They are effective Sept. 1.

Recently appointed DUPs are invited to give an inaugural lecture.

Read more at The University Record…

Reduce administrative burden of work rules to prevent mass health coverage losses, by Udow-Phillips & Shaefer

“In February 2019, legal and consulting firm Manatt estimated that Michigan work requirements would result in the loss of coverage for between 61,000 and 183,000 people.”


Marianne Udow-Phillips, Luke Shaefer

July 15th, 2019

Medicaid work requirements are scheduled to take effect in Michigan on Jan. 1.

Yet a recent study from Arkansas adds to mounting evidence that such requirements can result in major losses of health coverage without meaningfully increasing work effort.

As the Michigan Legislature continues to deliberate on the 2020 fiscal year budget, this study should spur action to ensure that Michigan doesn’t follow the same path as Arkansas.

During Michigan’s legislative debate on Medicaid work requirements, we raised concerns about the potential for major health coverage losses; concerns based on the record of such requirements on the nation’s cash welfare program, and on some recipients of food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Yet at the time there was no direct evidence about the impact of Medicaid work requirements because no state had ever implemented them.

Read more at Crain’s Detroit…

To improve health, boost Medicaid dental reimbursement rates, by CHRT Fellow Dr. Romesh Nalliah

“Michigan’s outdated, 29-year-old Medicaid reimbursement rates are a vestige of a different time, and a significant factor in a structure that can encourage inefficient use of healthcare resources and result in costly, suboptimal dental care for many people.”


Dr. Romesh Nalliah

June 25th, 2019

We know that preventive dental care services are highly valued and sought after by consumers. Nevertheless, every year about 440,000 Americans covered by Medicaid end up in the Emergency Room with a dental complaint, costing Medicaid over $310 million annually. The average ER charge for a dental emergency is $760, the average charge for a dental examination, routine x-rays and cleaning is a little less than $235.

While research shows that there are far fewer medically-related hospital admissions for those who regularly receive preventive dental care, and that individuals having insurance are much more likely to seek preventive care and have better clinical outcomes, too few dentists participate in Medicaid to resolve this imbalance. So, despite overwhelming evidence that preventive dental care costs less and keeps patients healthier, the overreliance on costly, taxpayer-funded emergency room dental care continues nationally, and in Michigan.

Read more at Bridge Michigan…

What’s Next for The ACA

In the wake of the recent Texas federal court ruling, CHRT Director Marianne Udow-Phillips joins Paul W. Smith on-air to talk about the court ruling and what’s next for the ACA and people who have health insurance through the ACA. Listen to the conversation here.

Dr. Michelle Moniz, CHRT policy fellow, in Freep: Dangers of short term health plans for moms, babies

“Bare bones health insurance plans are about to be more accessible, and this is bad news for Michigan,” writes CHRT Policy Fellow Dr. Michelle Moniz.

“Last week, the Trump administration released a final set of rules on what are known as “short-term health plans.” Set to go into effect on Aug. 10, these rules could create a disaster for many Michigan families, and it is essential that the state take action now to promote health and financial security in our state.”

Read the full op ed, “Trump’s new rule to allow short-term health insurance plans is dangerous for moms and kids,” at the Detroit Free Press.

Learn more about CHRT’s four-month health policy fellowship program, which brings together Republican and Democratic policy makers with health services researchers to learn about policy-making, health services research, and the intersection between the two from seasoned experts—and from each other.