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Issue Alert - 07-04-12

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Apr 16, 2007

Program Area:

Plan First!

Issue Summary:

Effective April 2007, women who have other health insurance cannot qualify for Plan First! even if their health insurance does not cover family planning services

Persons Affected:

Plan First! applicants and recipients who have other insurance that does not cover family planning

For More Information:

Center for Civil Justice 320 S. Washington, 2nd Floor Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 755-3120, (800)724-7441 Fax: (989) 755-3558 E-mail:

Michigan Poverty Law Program 611 Church Street, Suite 4A Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000 (734) 998-6100 (734) 998-9125 Fax


Plan First provides family planning services to women who are over-income for Medicaid but have income below 185%.  In the past, Plan First! was available to women who did not have family planning coverage, even if they had private insurance.

What's Happening?

Effective April 1, 2007, DCH will not approve Plan First for women who have private insurance even if it does not cover family planning services.  (PEM 124)

Women with private health insurance who have already been approved for Plan First! will retain eligibility until their 12-mont certification period expires and their eligibility is redetermined.   (Program Policy Bulletin 2007-004 p. 4-5)

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services offices handle these types of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate various sources of legal and related services, including the free legal aid office that serves your county, at You can also look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.