Health care law already has had effect in Michigan

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents already have benefited from the law passed in 2010, according to the federal government. Some examples:

-More than 23,000 Michigan seniors and people with disabilities have saved $17.6 million this calendar year on prescription drugs because of the law, an average of $757 per person. The money goes to help residents with medical costs after they hit the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, the so-called "doughnut hole."

-More than a half-million Michigan seniors have received a free preventive health care service so far this year.

-Around 1.8 million residents now receive preventative services with no co-pay.

-Around 57,000 more young adults in Michigan under the age of 26 are on their parents' health insurance plans.

-Around 7,000 small businesses get federal tax credits for offering health insurance to their employees.

-An estimated 500,000 more Michigan residents will qualify for Medicaid coverage, largely children and low-income residents, state officials say. The federal government will pick up most of the additional cost.

-Six Michigan health centers have been awarded $3.7 million from the federal government to help expand access to care for 59,431 additional patients.

-Around 114,000 Michigan residents will get $13.9 million in rebates from insurance companies this summer because of a rule that requires insurance companies give rebates if they don't spend at least 80 percent of consumers' premiums on medical care and quality improvement. The rebates will average $214 for 65,000 Michigan families.


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