Briefs & Reports

Healthy Michigan Plan

Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) enrollment remains high, far exceeding original expectations. HMP enrollees are required to report any changes in their economic or health care coverage circumstance as those changes occur. They are also subject to an annual redetermination of eligibility; those that entered the program in April and May 2014 were recently subject to redetermination of eligibility. This requirement resulted in a caseload decrease of about 30,500 in early April and about 17,800 in early May, but the caseload rebounded throughout each month and stood at 599,178 as of May 26, 2015.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updates HMP enrollment statistics on its website weekly and includes a breakdown of enrollment by county. Not surprisingly, more than half of the newly approved HMP beneficiaries reside in the state’s five largest counties:

 

May 26, 2015 

Healthy Michigan Plan Enrollment

Wayne

161,132

Macomb

48,064

Oakland

47,979

Genesee

35,074

Kent

31,583

Five-County Total

323,832

Statewide Total

599,178

 

The vast majority of these enrollees (nearly 500,000) have income below poverty and more than 51 percent of the enrollees are women. About 47 percent of the enrollees are between the ages of 19 and 34; more than 39 percent are between the ages of 35 and 54; and almost 14 percent are between the ages of 55 and 64.

Most of these enrollees are already or soon will be enrolled in the state’s Medicaid managed care organizations for their health care services. As of May 1, 2015, there were a total of 464,825 HMP beneficiaries enrolled in the HMOs. HMP enrollment totals by health plan are expected to increase again in June as newly eligible individuals continue to enroll in the program and choose an HMO or are assigned to an HMO if they do not select a plan. 

Meridian Health Plan of Michigan, which has the largest Medicaid enrollment of any Medicaid HMO, also has the most HMP enrollees, 27.2 percent of the total. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan has 13.0 percent; McLaren Health Plan has 11.5 percent; Molina Healthcare of Michigan has 11.4 percent of the total; and the other nine plans share the remaining 36.9 percent. 

For more information, contact Eileen Ellis, Managing Principal, at (517) 482-9236.