Everyone has the right to health care, according to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In the United States, it is the responsibility of the U.S. government to ensure that this right is enjoyed by as many people as possible. According to The Washington Post, Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program for residents with low-income has successfully reached one of its goals:
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) announced Thursday that the state had reached its first-year goal of signing up 322,000 residents for the Healthy Michigan Plan eight months early.
About 477,000 Michigan residents are eligible for the Health Michigan Plan, the state’s expanded Medicaid program for low-income residents. To be eligible, individuals cannot qualify for or be enrolled in Medicare or other Medicaid programs and must have income at or below 133 percent of the poverty level.
The plan exceeded its enrollment predictions, reaching around 272,539 enrollees; initial predictions projected just around 190,000 applicants. There is a growing realization among Michigan residents that being healthy is all about exercising the right to be healthy, and that ensuring good health is a responsibility that each human being must take account for.
According to the official website of the Government of Michigan, qualified applicants should be 19 to 64 years old, residents of Michigan, and—as mentioned above—have an income at or below 133% of the federal poverty level (which is defined by the Modified Adjusted Gross Income method). Female applicants should not be pregnant upon their enrollment.
Qualified individuals will benefit from assistance such as ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder treatment services (inclusive of behavioral health treatment), chronic disease management, and many other helpful services. The Healthy Michigan insurance can also be used in certified hospitals and clinics such as Michigan Health Specialists, an internal medicine clinic in Flint.
Most of the services in the program can be provided by physicians. According to the American College of Physicians, internal medicine professionals specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of people with a wide variety of illnesses. Most Flint internal medicine clinics, for instance, have board-certified physicians that can perform the different procedures and examinations that Medicaid beneficiaries may want to undergo.
Children and adults alike are encouraged to exercise their right to health. Enrolling in insurance policies that can provide them access to health services is one of the practices every U.S. citizen should take.
(Source: Michigan reached its health insurance enrollment goals 8 months early, The Washington Post, July 10, 2014)