Healthy Michigan, Michigan’s Medicaid expansion plan that began in 2014, has made a real difference in the lives of many patients, according to a University of Michigan survey of 2,100 primary-care providers.
“It’s provided access to many people who lacked medical coverage for years,” said Dr. John Ayanian, director of U-M’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, which conducted the survey
Ayanian also is senior author on a study of the survey results published in the current Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Among the survey results:
- 74 percent said Healthy Michigan coverage had a positive impact on patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease and arthritis.
In terms of impact on health-care providers, the survey showed:
- 56 percent reported an increase in patients seeing a health-care provider for the first time in years.