Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[August 19, 2016]
Saginaw, MI – The Saginaw Health Plan (SHP), a community supported non-profit program designed to provide health care coverage to the uninsured residents of Saginaw County, will be offering an exciting new benefit in October 2016 to Health Plan members: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) under leadership from the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. (MiHIA). The program will be piloted this fall, on the heels of MiHIA DPP efforts in Midland, Bay and Saginaw counties.
Currently, 200 MiHIA participants have completed the Core and Sustained Phases of the one year DPP. Based on a recent Medicare actuarial pilot, current estimated savings of the MiHIA DPP project are already tallying $530,000 of regional healthcare savings, or $2,650 per participant.
The Saginaw Health Plan will be piloting DPP for 1 year to all eligible individuals. Eligibility includes a Body Mass Index of 24 or above, and one of the following: History of gestational diabetes, screen positive on risk screening, have a blood test result in the prediabetes range: A1c: 5.7%–6.4% or fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL. After the pilot program is complete, data will be shared on the benefit it offered to its participants and community.
“We’re looking forward to piloting DPP with our plan members,” says Barbara MacGregor, Executive
Director of Saginaw Health Plan. “As a MiHIA partner, we’re excited about the current results the Diabetes Prevention Program is showing in our county and neighboring counties. We have a desire to support the initiative and want to explore how it potentially fits in our plan offerings.”
The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc.(MiHIA) is a formal, multi-stakeholder, community collaboration working to achieve a community of health excellence for the 14-county region it represents. This initiative is based on a core belief that solutions to our health and health care problems can be found and designed at a regional level, accelerating regional competitive advantage and sustainability. For more information on MiHIA, please contact Beth Roszatycki, CEO, at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAGINAW (Friday, 7/10/2015) – Saginaw Health Plan (SHP) and the Buena Vista Community Center will host a “Family Fun Day” on Friday, July 17, featuring help enrolling in the expanded Medicaid program and the Saginaw Health Plan. While not insurance, SHP provides limited assistance with doctor visits, prescriptions, X-rays and lab tests for Saginaw County residents over the age of 19 who meet the eligibility criteria.
This fun-filled and informative event will be held on Friday, July 17, at the Buena Vista Community Center, 1940 S. Outer Drive, Saginaw, MI 48601. In addition to health-related events, the Family Fun Day also features a fish fry that will be free for seniors ages 60 and older from 11 a.m. to noon. There will be free hot dogs and popcorn available for everyone from noon to 5 p.m. The event will also feature free blood pressure, foot and vision screenings. The event will focus on all ages and generations, offering local dance team performances, basketball tournament and an obstacle course-style bounce house. This event will truly be fun for all ages!
In addition to enrolling in the Saginaw Health Plan, attendees will also receive help with enrolling into Healthy Michigan, the Medicaid expansion program designed to help more low-income people receive health insurance. To qualify, enrollees must be:
“Saginaw Health Plan is excited to partner with the Buena Vista Community Center to support our community with a fun-filled event that’s also designed to help folks get access to better health care,” said Jim Milanowski, SHP Vice President of Development and Marketing. “We encourage everyone in Saginaw County to join us during this event to get free help signing up for healthcare. We’re a trusted, reliable resource in the community and we want to provide good information and a good time for families in Saginaw County.” People who do not qualify for Healthy Michigan can apply for Saginaw Health Plan.
For more information, questions or help with health care enrollment, contact the Saginaw Health Plan at 844-232-7740.
A recent article by Associated Press journalist Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar outlined the Affordable Care Act and how it affects Americans moving into 2015. This article appeared on the PBS website (click here to read).
News articles are noting something that people should be aware of: Tax season is here, and people are finding out they might owe a penalty on their income tax if they do not have health insurance.
Saginaw Health Plan is working in partnership with many health care agencies and professionals in our community to help people get covered. Our goal is to serve as a trusted source of information in the community for enrollment into health care.
Skilled professional staff are available in our community who can provide free help so people can find an affordable insurance plan that meets their needs or address questions they may have. We’re also helping people who meet criteria sign up for Medicaid under the Healthy Michigan program. To date, we have helped thousands of people purchase insurance through the exchange or sign up for Medicaid.
All of this is important because our combined efforts are helping more of our neighbors, friends and family members get access to quality health care. Patients who once lacked access to life-saving treatments can now get it. Young people just starting to look for work can stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26. Patients with pre-existing conditions can no longer be turned away.
With more people insured, the cost burden for the rest of us is steadily being contained. With an emphasis on preventive treatment, more people will stay healthier, avoiding exorbitant emergency room costs. As we reduce healthcare costs, we are building healthier communities together.
In 2015, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have a noticeable impact on some of us as we file our taxes.
More than 232,000 Michiganders who enrolled for health insurance through the exchange in 2014, or 87 percent of all new enrollees, received some financial assistance on their premiums. Michiganders who work part-time or work in minimum wage jobs may have little to no out-of-pocket costs through Healthy Michigan. Saginaw Health Plan may provide you basic health care coverage if you don’t qualify for any of these programs.
Unfortunately, we still hear from some people who may have read headlines suggesting that coverage is unaffordable. Some of these folks think it’s better to pay the penalty – and they’ll learn just how big when they file their taxes this year.
The penalty that people without insurance will have to pay in 2015 will be significantly higher than the $95 or 1 percent of income the year before. We are already hearing of uninsured people who have to pay around $300 or more in fines – when they may potentially be able to get insurance for that same amount of money, even less.
Certified Application Counselors are available in our community to assist. People with questions should call their county health plan at 1-844-232-7740.
People can also get estimates of what they’ll pay for insurance and know their subsidies at http://kff.org/interactive/subsidy-calculator/
Get covered, get healthcare, and avoid the penalty.