Henry Ford Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer, Gwen Gnam, lent her voice and her more than 34-years of nursing experience to an important topic facing our state: The expansion of Medicaid in Michigan.
The decision of how federal money will be spent impacts our patients and our hospital.
The Expand Medicaid coalition – made up of Michigan hospitals, mental health care providers, physicians, community-based health centers, health plans, human service organizations and others – urges the state Legislature to join with Gov. Rick Snyder to expand Medicaid as states are authorized to do under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
According to the MHA, under the ACA’s provision, the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of the expansion for states that choose to participate for the first three years (2014, 2015 and 2016).
If Michigan chooses to participate, it is estimated:
- 450,000 uninsured Michigan adults will get health insurance and “newly enroll” in Medicaid
- Michigan will receive about $2 billion a year from the federal government to pay for the expansion, and
- The state will save about $1 billion over a decade as the federal government’s appropriations cover Medicaid services that currently must be funded by state tax payers.
If the state accepts the new federal funds for Medicaid expansion, roughly 600,000 would gain coverage.