October Michigan Health Care Policy & News Roundup

Report: ObamaCare Brings Affordable Coverage for Some Young Uninsured

Michigan is one of the 34 states in which HHS projects nearly half of uninsured young adults will find health insurance plans for $50 per month or less on Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges.

Michigan gets $14.4M for home-visiting program aimed at reducing infant mortality

HHS awards Michigan a $14.4 million grant to implement home-visit programs to help lower state-wide infant mortality rates.

Facing Cuts, Detroit Retirees Pack Meeting in Search of Answers on Health Care

City retirees confront Detroit’s Emergency Manager with questions and concerns on proposed changes to healthcare benefits: “Younger retirees — generally those under 65 — will get $125 monthly stipends to buy insurance on new health care exchanges set up under the new federal health care system known as Obamacare.”

Cornerstone University Sues U.S. over Abortion Drug Requirement

Religious-based university in Grand Rapids files suit against the Federal government against a mandate to require provide “morning after” contraceptive drug coverage in its employee health insurance plan.

Health Care Costs to Jump for Some Small and Midsize Michigan Businesses

New employee health insurance rates are surprisingly high for some small businesses:

Those new taxes and fees amount to a 4% to 6% health care cost increase for many small and midsize businesses in Michigan that already offer health benefits, according to interviews with insurance brokers and benefits lawyers. The new premium calculus has resulted in some businesses getting hit with renewal prices for benefit plans that jump 20% or more.

To be sure, not all businesses are facing double-digit rate hikes under the Affordable Care Act. Insurance officials with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Health Alliance Plan say some businesses will actually see decreases in their plan costs come January.”

Medicare Open Enrollment brings Changes

With changes from the Affordable Care Act, seniors may be able to save money by more closely reviewing options as Medicare’s “Open Enrollment” period begins.


A native of Detroit, Jerin Philip graduated from the University of Michigan School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy. He writes about health economics and is an advocate for underserved communities in Michigan who face significant health disparities.