Medicaid expansion in Michigan has resulted in a significant drop in the number of uninsured patients seeking treatment at hospitals and an increase in Medicaid patients, according to a study by University of Michigan‘s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.
The report, Changes in Insurance Coverage Among Hospitalized Nonelderly Adults After Medicaid Expansion in Michigan, was published in the Jan. 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Uninsured patients dropped by nearly 4 percentage points and the proportion covered by Medicaid rose more than 6 points within three months of the launch of the Healthy Michigan Plan in April 2014. More than 610,000 people have enrolled in expanded Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
UM also is conducting a larger study, led by John Ayanian, M.D., who heads up the UM institute, to evaluate the impact of Medicaid expansion in Michigan. This study is funded by state government as part of Healthy Michigan legislation.
Ayanian will look at what being covered under the Health Michigan Plan means for the financial health of individuals.