Resources, Webinars Available for Navigating Medicaid Eligibility Changes

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently released a final policy bulletin informing providers that Medicaid eligibility redeterminations will resume in June 2023 for the first time since early 2020, with some enrollees who no longer meet program eligibility criteria losing coverage as early as July.

The Medicaid program has grown to nearly 3.2 million Michiganders, an increase of more than 700,000 when compared to pre-pandemic levels. The MDHHS will complete eligibility redeterminations for all Medicaid enrollees over a 12-month period. Hospitals are encouraged to discuss the importance of updating Medicaid patient contact information in the state’s MI Bridges system and how to maintain Medicaid coverage or find new coverage on the federal marketplace. Hospitals are invited to join the MHA, the Michigan Primary Care Association, the Michigan Association of Health Plans and other stakeholders for a members-only webinar March 20. This will cover the redetermination processes, timelines and provider roles.

The MDHHS also announced that it has started unwinding many of the changes that were made to the Michigan Medicaid program in order to ease rules and provide flexibilities to providers as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Michigan will continue to unwind the pandemic-related program changes before the authority for these policies expires on May 11, 2023. The MHA will host an additional webinar on March 30 to cover details of the PHE ending and what hospitals need to know.

The MDHHS developed a website with information important to providers that will be updated as new information becomes available. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also recently released a fact sheet related to the PHE expiration’s impact on:

  • COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and treatments.
  • Telehealth services.
  • Healthcare access and continuing flexibilities for healthcare professionals.
  • Inpatient hospital care at home.

Members with questions are encouraged to contact Jason Jorkasky at the MHA.

Media Recap: Expanding Access to Care, Healthcare Jobs and More

MHA CEO Brian Peters

The MHA received media coverage on a variety of topics during the weeks of Aug. 1 and Aug. 8. Areas of focus included health insurance tax credits from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), healthcare benefits in the Inflation Reduction Act, growing demand for healthcare careers and more.

Laura AppelCrain’s Detroit Business published Aug. 2 a Letter to the Editor on the importance of permanently writing into law ARPA health insurance tax credits that was signed by Laura Appel, executive vice president of government relations and public policy, MHA, along with Dominick Pallone, executive director, Michigan Association of Health Plans; Julie Novak, CEO, Michigan State Medical Society; and Phillip Bergquist, CEO, Michigan Primary Care Association. Together, they describe how the expanded income tax credits helped 67,000 Michigan residents gain access to health insurance.

“Premium tax credits serve as a key that unlocks greater access to this care and the healthier future we need. We must protect them before it’s too late. We call on lawmakers to work with urgency to see that ARPA’s health insurance tax credits are permanently written into law before they expire at the end of this year.”

An article on the fastest growing job opportunities in Michigan through 2030 was also published by Crain’s, which includes several healthcare careers at the top of the list. The article quotes Brian Peters discussing the state funding available for community colleges to partner with a four-year institution to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing on a community college campus.

MHA CEO Brian Peters“Staffing shortages are impacting Michigan hospitals throughout the state, particularly in the areas of nursing,” said Peters. “This plan will help us get more highly-skilled professionals into the field quickly and increase access to nursing education in more communities across the state.”

Lastly, Crain’s published a story Aug. 12 that includes a quote from the MHA celebrating the federal Inflation Reduction Act including an extension for three years of expanded subsidies to reduce Health Insurance Marketplace premiums and insulin being capped at $35 a month for Medicare patients.

Additional news clips included a statement provided to MiBiz on a Michigan Court of Appeals ruling Aug. 1 that allowed county prosecutors to pursue criminal charges in most abortion cases until an Oakland County circuit court judge granted a temporary restraining order to block local prosecutors from enforcing the law later that same day. Becker’s Hospital Review also published an interview with MHA CEO Brian Peters on a variety of topics in preparation for Peters serving on a panel at Becker’s 10th Annual CEO + CFO Roundtable conference in November.