Healthy Michigan coverage a boon for patients, doctors say in U-M survey (

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.

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