MICHUHCAN is a consistent voice for justice in health care and public policies that promote equitable health outcomes.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Implementation in Michigan

MICHUHCAN stands in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and works to educate the public about the benefits that it provides.


What is the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

In March 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. These reforms greatly strengthen consumer protections, provide new coverage options, and give people the tools they need to make educated decisions about their health care.

This law was designed to fix several problems with our health care system; especially the high numbers of uninsured people and the insurance company rules that have stood in the way of people accessing the care they need.

ACA booklet

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, check out our booklet:
“Health Care reform: What’s in it for YOU?

MICHUHCAN is currently focused on both helping the public to better understand the Affordable Care Act and ensuring that it is properly implemented in Michigan through our advocacy work on health policy committees. 

1. Presentations: The Affordable Care Act is full of important benefits, but the details can be hard to understand. That’s why MICHUHCAN’s speakers present the act in clear and engaging ways to thousands of people each year! We are available to speak to groups of any size, helping them to understand these important new reforms and how they can support them. Want to schedule a presentation? Contact Executive Director Marjorie Mitchell at 248-880-2526 or Sign Up Online

2. Publishing: Our booklet, “Health Care reform: What’s in it for YOU? is now distributed in both English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF) to community organizations, churches, unions, and legislators across the state. Your donations have helped us to print over 10,000 copies for people statewide. We also strive to keep you updated on the very latest developments in Michigan health care through regular postings on this website and through our members email list.

3. Advocacy:  We are tracking issues of fraud and scams related to ACA implementation in Michigan. Additionally, MICHUHCAN’s team of experts in medicine, law, and health care protect the public by serving on a variety of health policy committees, advocating to make health care safe and accessible to all Michigan residents. We were recently instrumental in advocating for Medicaid Expansion to be included as a part of the ACA in Michigan.

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act

The Coalition to Protect Detroit Health Care


  • Marjorie Mitchell, Executive Director | Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network (MICHUHCAN)
  • Marilyn Mullane, Executive Director | Michigan Legal Services
  • Ponsella Hardaway, Director | Metropolitan Organizing Strategies Enabling Strength (MOSES)
  • Sister Cheryl Liske, Director | Gamaliel of Michigan
  • Mary Ellen Howard, RSM, Executive Director | St. Frances Cabrini Clinic


01/19/14 – Did the DMC Maintain Charity Care? (Crains Detroit)

Marjorie Mitchell, board member of the Coalition to Protect Detroit Health Care, said she thinks DMC has consistently reduced uncompensated care over the years, including when Vanguard took over, based on anecdotal information she has received from former employees. “We have had meetings with Legacy DMC (officials) and haven’t been able to get the metrics on charity care. They tell us that information is confidential,” said Mitchell, who also is executive director of MichUHCAN, a community group providing education for people to enroll in Obamacare. “There is no good way for the people of Detroit to find out how (the sale) has affected charity care,” she said. “They do not show us charity care provided.”

10/22/12 – Open Letter to Vanguard/DMC Legacy Board: Obligations to Low Income Individuals

Our disappointment with the report is in the lack of data and specificity to support the glowing assertions of Vanguard/DMC’s efforts to inform their indigent and low income community of its new and expanded Charity Care and Financial Assistance policies and the outcomes for these efforts. Access to solid data is necessary for citizens of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan to be able to adequately evaluate if the intent and language of the sale agreement.

05/06/10 – MOSES: Community Involvement in Health Care

When decisions are made that will influence health care in Detroit and Southeast Michigan for generations to come – all stakeholders should be at the table. The community is a significant, perhaps the significant, stakeholder in decisions regarding the future of the DMC.


04/10/10 – Key Questions on DMC Change to a For-Profit Entity (submitted to Michigan Attorney General)

04/06/10 – DMC/Vanguard Health Impact Assessment and Accountability Issues (submitted to Michigan Attorney General)

03/30/10 – Community Assets and Conversion Foundation: Legality of Selling Off the DMC (submitted to Michigan Attorney General)

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