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Governor Proposed Michigan First Healthcare Plan to Provide Health Insurance to Half the State's Uninsured Population
Governor Granholm recently announced her administration is developing a proposal to provide health insurance to approximately 550,000 Michiganians, about half of the state's uninsured population. The program will be targeted at uninsured individuals at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

MDCH delays implementation
Section 1903(x) of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005 (Pub. L. No. 109-171) requires states to obtain documentation of citizenship and identity for all citizens or nationals of the United States who apply for Medicaid or seek redetermination of Medicaid eligibility effective July 1, 2006. Despite the effective date in the law, Michigan, like many states, is unprepared to comply with this burdensome and harmful provision and will not begin implementing it until September 1st or later.

State and Legislature Move Forward in Creation of Single Points of Entry for Medicaid Funded Long Term Care
Both the Granholm administration and the legislature are moving forward in efforts to create single points of entry (SPES) for Medicaid funded long term care. The Governor’s Task Force on Medicaid Long Term Care recommended last year that the state develop regional single points of entry in three areas of the state by this summer and across the whole state within three years.