Healthcare Archives

Letter urging full Medicaid benefits for very low-income uninsured
 December 2012

Statement: House fails health consumers November 2012

League calls on House to act on health exchange November 2012

Michigan’s Exchange: A Fumbled Political Football November 2012

Letter to Gov. Snyder urging expansion of Medicaid September 2012

Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion: A Win for the State and Its Low-Income Residents September 2012

Top 10 Reasons to Expand Medicaid September 2012

Letter urging expansion of Medicaid Under Affordable Care Act July 2012

Testimony to Senate Committee on Community Health April 2012

Letter regarding Medicaid/Medicare proposal April 2012

Why federal health care reform is good medicine for Michigan Updated March 2012

Letter to Kathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary, urging minimum benefits to be set January 2012

Understanding Medicaid: Compassionate, Complex, Cost Effective, October 2011,  executive summary

Testimony Before Joint Meeting of Senate Health Policy/Insurance committees July 2011

Letter calling for balanced approach in reducing the federal deficit July 2011

Letter to Michigan House of Representatives supporting claims tax June 2011

Thank You Gov. Snyder for Health Care Stand June 2011

Statement about vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act January 2011

Letter urging ‘no’ vote on repeal of Affordable Care Act January 2011

 Policy Forum: Federal Health Care Reform April 2010 Janet Olszewski PPT, Ed Wolking PPT, Sister Mary Ellen Howard PPT

Deja Vu: Michigan Struggles to Fund Medicaid Program May 2010

Health Care Reform Principles Updated September 2009

Looming Cuts Threaten to Widen the Gulf in Health Disparities August 2009

Medicare Part D Fact Sheet Updated May 2009




Families USA: Lives on the Line: The Deadly Cost of Delaying Health Reform read more>>  read Michigan press release>>

Tax will improve Medicaid payments to doctors; bring in $822 million in new federal dollars House bill 5386 creates a physician provider tax, also known as the Medicaid Quality Assurance Assessment Program (QAAP), designed to provide revenues to the state that can be used to match feeral health care dollars and preserve and enhance critical health care services in Michigan. read more>>

Jump in the number of uninsured makes case for health reform, strong safety net Michigan suffered the third-largest increase of the uninsured in the country, according to a U.S. Census report released today, with more than 1 million people in the state going without health insurance. read more>>

A Case for National Health Reform Health care is a basic right in every industrialized nation except the United States, where there are millions of people who are uninsured – and the vast majority are employed. Read more>> The Case for Health Care Reform – In Brief  Read more>>

Aug. 19 letter to the Michigan congressional delegation urging health care reform On behalf of the Michigan League for Human Services…I am writing to urge you to insist that any health reform legislation passed by Congress explicitly address inequities in health and health care. Many millions of Americans—principally, people of color and those with low incomes—experience poorer health and higher mortality relative to national averages from the cradle to the grave — August 19, 2009 Read more >>

Too Great a Burden: Americans Face Rising Health Care Costs Long before the current economic crisis began, Americans were already straining under the burden of two related trends: shrinking coverage and rising health care costs. — May 7, 2009 Read more.
Link to Families USA Health care eats up more than 10% of income for 2.1 million in Michigan, new report concludes press release>>

The Clock is Ticking: More Americans Losing Health Care Coverage A new report from Families USA finds that an estimated 162,100 in Michigan could lose their health care coverage due to rising costs between 2008-2010. Read more>> To read the press release click here>>

State Health Care Reform Efforts Also Under Way Amidst the flurry of health care reform activity at the federal level, state legislators have also elevated the issue at the state level. — June 2009 Read more.

Billions in Federal Recovery Funds Rescue Medicaid Through Increased Federal Medicaid Participation Rates The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 brought extensive federal fiscal relief to states in many forms, including an increased federal matching rate for Medicaid services.  January 2010. Read report

Tracking the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Michigan The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus package, tasks the federal General Accounting Office (GAO) with a range of responsibilities to help promote accountability and transparency and ensure that these funds are used as specified. September 2009 Read report

People are suffering without essential health care The Michigan League for Human Services, on behalf of 38 organizations and concerned citizens, sent lawmakers a plea to restore optional Medicaid benefits. The elimination of Medicaid adult dental services, as well as the other federally defined “optional” services, is causing suffering and threatening the lives of the most vulnerable people in Michigan. read more>>  

Pressure on Medicaid Continues as Health Care Needs Increase Michigan’s public structures, including the Medicaid program, have not been adequately funded or maintained for many years. Read more >> June 2008

Oral Health: A Critical Need for Children in Michigan Maintaining Oral Health is Crucial for Child Well-Being — Nov 2007 read more >>


The Medicaid Fact Sheet and Perspective The fact sheet and analysis prepared by League staff provide important information on the Medicaid program as state budget discussions continue. Medicaid has evolved from the health care companion for cash assistance recipients to the key health care program for low-income families (many of whom have working members) and the elderly and disabled. In addition to health care coverage, Medicaid provides fiscal stimulus to the state, bringing billions of federal dollars into the state, as well as jobs. Click here — Feb 07


Information on Medicare PartD The fact sheet prepared by League staff provides important updates on Medicare Part D. Click here for Medicare Part D Fact Sheet>> — April 2006

Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D) Implementation: Complex Design Ensures Difficult Choices This analysis prepared by the League outlines the benefits and implications of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit enacted by Congress as part of the Medicare Modernization Act. The new drug benefit program will take effect January 1, 2006. Click here for the press release>> – September 2005

Medicaid Under Siege The Medicaid program is doing its job — providing health care benefits and services to those who qualify, and doing it efficiently. While the program is considered “out of control” by some, due to its growth, the Medicaid program is not the cause, rather its growth is the result of the lack of affordable health care coverage and medical services needed by low-income families and elderly and disabled persons. For low-income elderly and disabled persons, in particular, Medicaid may represent the only financing option when nursing home or institutional care is required. November 2004  Full report>>

Michigan’s Medicaid Program: Pac Man or Protector? While there are some who argue that Medicaid is the PAC Man of state revenues and it must be reined in, there are others who argue that Medicaid is the Protector of thousands of Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens, providing life-saving (cancer treatment) or life-sustaining (Home and community based waiver, adult home help) or life-giving (neonatal intensive care) medical services. This analysis provides a look at the Medicaid program in terms of historical caseloads and how the eligible population has evolved over time, what populations are currently increasing, and the efficiency of the program when compared to other public and private insurers. The analysis also raises the issue of whether a link exists between poor resident health status in a number of key areas and growth in particular groups within the Medicaid caseload. Continuation of all Medicaid eligible categories and services is critical to avoid further declines in resident health status, which could discourage economic development in this State.  Full report>> — April 2004

Understanding the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit On December 8, 2003, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 was signed into law. This Act creates a voluntary prescription drug benefit program (Part D) under Medicare for individuals entitled to Medicare Part A or enrolled in Part B. The new benefit is effective January 1, 2006. Premiums, cost sharing, and coverages vary by income and assets. States will be required to subsidize a Medicare benefit for the first time, through the maintenance of effort provision. States are prohibited from receiving federal Title XIX match to subsidize or expand the Medicare Part D benefit.  Full report>> — March 2004

New Analysis of Optional Medicaid Eligibility and Services On February 12, Governor Granholm released her FY2005 Executive Budget. In it, she protected the most vulnerable citizens on Medicaid by recommending few reductions and by recommending revenue increases to finance necessary program expenditure increases and to replace lost federal revenue. If the Legislature does not approve the recommended revenue increases, or find alternative revenue sources, services or eligibility of some Medicaid recipients could be in jeopardy. It has been reported that as many as 200,000 recipients could lose Medicaid eligibility. Full report>> — February 2004




Michigan Primary Care Association Over 30 Enrollment Events Taking Place Across the State Click here

SCHIP Reauthorization: A Quarter will buy Health Care Coverage for More Michigan Children For just over 25 cents per dollar of health care coverage, Michigan has the opportunity to extend benefits to more children in Michigan. Read more>>  For the Summary click the following>>   — June 2009

State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) The State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is a federal/state partnership, created in 1997, that provides healthcare coverage to low and moderate-income children under age 19. Since SCHIP was adopted in 1997, the country has reduced the uninsured rate of low-income children by one third – even as the number of uninsured adults has risen. To continue, SCHIP must be reauthorized during FY2007. Click Here for SCHIP Fact Sheet — Mar 07   Click Here for SCHIP Talking Points — April 07  Click Here for SCHIP Brief — May 07

Additional information on SCHIP Reauthorization can be found at:

  • CHIPRA 101: Overview of the CHIP Reauthorization Legislation Click here>>
  • The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 Click here>>
  • Medicaid/SCHIP Click here>>