DEARBORN, Mich. – According to a press release from the State of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the Healthy Michigan plan into law, bringing health care to nearly a half-million Michiganders, strengthening the state’s residents – and also its economy.
“A healthier Michigan is an important part of our state’s continued comeback,” Snyder said. “Today, we’re reaching out to nearly a half-million Michiganders with a message that help is there for them and their families to lead healthier, more productive lives. And this innovative approach will make our recovering economy stronger, too, saving money for taxpayers and job providers.”
Snyder signed the landmark bill, HB 4714, into law today at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn, surrounded by people whose lives have been affected by illnesses, as well as small business owners and health care professionals.
In the first year, Healthy Michigan is anticipated to cover 320,000 Michiganders, eventually providing care for 470,000 – most working but earning about $15,000 a year.
The plan emphasizes personal responsibility. Those covered by the plan will be required to share in the costs. There also will be incentives for them to take responsibility for their lifestyle choices and to maintain or improve their health.
Previously, those without health insurance often waited until their medical conditions were severe, and then sought treatment in an emergency room. Not only did they suffer with their illnesses, but that’s also the most expensive way for them to get medical care.
Michigan’s hospitals bear more than $880 million in uncompensated costs every year, which are passed along to individuals and businesses through higher health care premiums. Healthy Michigan will help alleviate hundreds of millions of those costs annually.