Health
4:29 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

"Healthy Michigan" enrolls tens of thousands in first week

Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program is off to a fast start.  

"Healthy Michigan" will cover nearly everyone, under the age of 65, with an income up to 133% of the federal poverty limit. That translates to individuals making about $16,000 and families of four making less than $33,000.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Tens of thousands of people have signed up for the medical coverage in the first week since the enrollment opened.

The Healthy Michigan program has received nearly 55,000 applications since April first; 32,000 Michiganders have already had their applications approved. Tens of thousands more have been moved into the expanded Medicaid program from a different state health assistance program.

Healthy Michigan will cover nearly everyone under the age of 65 with an income up to 133% of the federal poverty limit. That translates to individuals making about $16,000 and families of four making less than $33,000.

State officials expect the Healthy Michigan program will enroll 320,000 people in its first year. Eventually the program may provide health coverage to more than 470,000 Michiganders.