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Primary care capacity in Michigan: How are physicians responding?

On April 1, 2014, Michigan expanded access to Medicaid to people whose income was less than 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, or about $32,900 for a family of four. As of December 2014, over 470,000 Michiganders had enrolled in the expanded Medicaid program, known as Healthy Michigan, and over 270,000 Michiganders had enrolled in coverage through the Affordable …

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Michigan: Baseline report—state-level field network study of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded health insurance coverage in 2014 through two key provisions: premium tax credits offered through the health insurance marketplace and the state-option Medicaid expansion. Michigan has taken a mixed approach to implementing the ACA. It very nearly became the first state led entirely by Republicans to create a health insurance exchange as part of the …

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Community mental health services: Coverage and delivery in Michigan

Since 1965, the number of Community Mental Health centers (CMHs) has increased from 12 covering 16 counties to 46 covering all 83 counties in Michigan. Today, Medicaid is the major source of most funding for the publicly funded mental health system in Michigan, and care at CMHs is an entitled benefit under Medicaid. As such, individuals with Medicaid coverage are …

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Autism spectrum disorder in Michigan

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) comprises a group of developmental disabilities that cause impairment in social interactions, communication skills, and behaviors that can have long-term health and social functioning costs for individuals with ASD and their families. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that approximately one in 68 children in the United States were diagnosed with …

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The ACA and essential health benefits: Overview of new coverage standards in individual and small group markets

Beginning in January 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) introduced a series of health insurance reforms, particularly for consumers purchasing coverage through the individual market or covered through employment at a small firm. One of the most prominent of these reforms is the requirement that all health plan products in certain market segments must cover an established set of essential …

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Effects of the ACA on insurance affordability for the uninsured in Michigan

January 1, 2014, marked the beginning of new health insurance affordability programs made available through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). These programs include tax credits to lower premium costs, assistance to reduce out-of-pocket expenses, and an optional state expansion of Medicaid eligibility. This analysis examines the effects of the ACA’s premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions on …

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ACA Health Insurance Marketplace: Michigan overview and operations

On March 31, 2014, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace officially closed for most people until open enrollment begins for 2015 health plans on November 15, 2014. By the end of the first open enrollment period, 272,539 Michigan residents had signed up for a plan through the ACA marketplace. Assuming that many of these residents complete the enrollment …

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Pain-Related Care and the Affordable Care Act: Summary of Common Practices

This paper provides a brief overview of key findings in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2011 report on pain, how public and commercial insurers approach pain management, and the pain-related provisions in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The IOM released a report, Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research, summarizing findings …

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Best Practices in Care Management for Senior Populations

Care Management is a service designed to help patients and their caregivers manage medical conditions more effectively, in order to improve health and reduce the need for hospitalizations and emergency department visits. The concept arose in the past decade from disease management programs of the 1990s, which focused on individual diseases rather than more comprehensive consideration of patients’ needs. Care …

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Premium cost changes attributable to the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands health insurance coverage to millions of uninsured Americans and introduces several reforms to the health insurance market, particularly for people who purchase coverage on their own or receive it through employment at a small business. These reforms standardize benefits, limit insurance rating practices, prohibit coverage denials, limit out-of-pocket costs, and levy new taxes on …

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