- Exchanges: An exchange bill passed the Michigan Senate, but is still under review in the House. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget has developed technology to implement a “Marketplace Portal” for the state exchange and will follow all requirements of the Affordable Care Act. However, if the legislature fails to pass a bill prior to the 2013 deadline, the federal government will begin operating an exchange within the state.
- Essential Health Benefits: The Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation is studying potential benchmark plans and solicited public comments on which benefits should be covered by the benchmark. No other major action has been taken.
- Medicaid Expansion: Governor Rick Snyder said in February that his fiscal year 2014 budget proposal includes a plan to expand Medicaid.
- Medicare Advantage Enrollment: Michigan currently has 480,079 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare Advantage, or about 27% of all Medicare beneficiaries.
NEWS OF NOTE
» Michigan Live – Health Care Reform: Michigan Legislative Committees Consider Insurance Exchange Options
» Michigan Public Radio – Snyder Says He’s Still Willing to Work with Legislature on Health Care Law
» Governor issues statement on ruling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (press release)