On April 7, the U-M Ford School of Public Policy held a policy talk titled "The Healthy Michigan Plan Turns One: How is expanded insurance coverage affecting stakeholders and communities?". It traced the history of the plan, which is Michigan's expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and looked at its impacts now that more than 600,000 Michiganders have enrolled and begun to receive care using their new health insurance coverage.
IHPI Director John Z. Ayanian, M.D., MPP, moderated a panel of leading representatives from the public policy, small business, health care and health advocacy sectors. Matt M. Davis, M.D., MAPP, a member of the IHPI Institute Leadership Team, gave opening remarks. Both hold joint appointments at the Ford School in addition to their Medical School positions.
The talk was made possible by the Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha A. Darling Health Policy Fund. Gilbert Omenn is an IHPI member and former U-M Health System CEO; he is married to Martha Darling, who has long been active in policy work at the national level.