On March 26, hundreds of people from around the state gathered at the Michigan League for the annual health policy symposium presented by the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), and co-sponsored by IHPI and the U-M School of Public Health. The event featured several panels of speakers from diverse viewpoints, describing the impact that the Affordable Care Act has had on Michigan businesses, health providers, insurers, government entities and consumers.
It came just days before the first anniversary of the Healthy Michigan Plan, the state's expanded Medicaid program -- and just before new state data showed that more than 600,000 Michiganders had enrolled during the program’s first year of operation.
It also followed closely CHRT's publication of findings from its Cover Michigan survey, which found that the rate of uninsurance in Michigan had been cut in half since the ACA's major provisions took effect.
Panelists provided on-the-ground perspectives about how access to care is changing in Michigan, how businesses and insurers are engaging in a changing marketplace, and the innovations occurring in the financial and delivery systems. Each panelist shared his or her successes and challenges with the law. IHPI director John Ayanian, and IHPI members Marianne Udow-Phillips and Richard Hirth, moderated panels.