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Healthy Michigan Program Enrollment Begins

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Enrollment for Michigan's expanded Medicaid program opens up today.

The Healthy Michigan Program extends Medicaid eligibility to people making up to 133% of the federal poverty level.

Governor Snyder expects about 320,000 people to sign up in the first year.

He also says the computer sign-up system has been tested, and he expects it to run smoothly.

If you'd like more information or want to sign up, go to Healthy Michigan

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Enrollment begins today for the Healthy Michigan Plan, providing health care benefits to people who otherwise couldn't afford them.

It's an expansion of Medicaid, and more than 300,000 people are expected to apply in the first year.

Enrollment for Healthy Michigan begins today, and those in the health care industry believe this is going to better the lives of many.

"It's very important because these are people that otherwise would not have any type of coverage," explains Wava Thomas, the Revenue Cycle Director at Spectrum Health Big Rapids.

Healthy Michigan will provide affordable health care for adults, ages 19 to 64 who were not previously eligible. Before it was only children, parents, the elderly, and disabled.

"So, now that it's been expanded, it will cover those individuals that fall outside of those categories and also it covers people that are eligible up to 133 percent of the poverty level, previous plan, it was capped at 100 percent."

The plan will provide a variety of services including prescriptions and lab services.

"There are 11 essential components that it's required to cover so it covers physician visits, emergency room visits, inpatient stays, mental health services, maternity services, and so forth," explains Thomas.

Spectrum Health says they look forward to watching those in the community, and across the state, sign up and take advantage of the coverage.

"That's certainly going to be beneficial both on a proactive basis, because people will have access to primary medical care but also on a reactive basis, people that might have avoided receiving coverage overall or receiving care now can do so," says Community Relations Director, Tom Hogenson.

Both Spectrum Health, and Mid-Michigan Health have staff available to help anyone who is looking to enroll.