To the editor:
Medicaid Expansion: Michigan Senators - Vote Yes!
You are one of Michigan's 450,000 uninsured or underinsured residents. You wake up to a nagging sore throat, throbbing headache and blurred vision.
Option A Go to hospital emergency services department. According to data from the National Institutes of Health, be prepared to have charges of up to $2,000 weighed against you.
Option B Under the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare) with your selected coverage, designated primary care physician, experience more rapid service and a reasonable co-payment.
Do the math.
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If half of the aforementioned uninsured or underinsured Michigan residents annually utilize the emergency services department, just once, the cost is $45 million. Imagine if those 225,000 residents accessed emergency services three times annually.
Your Michigan Senator can address and rectify this ill balanced approach by voting "yes" on House Bill 4714. This will annually save Michigan's operating budget up to $200 million.
House Bill 4714, supported by Governor Rick Snyder, the Michigan House, business firms, corporations, associations, health care academics, insurers, health care providers, and the Michigan Primary Care Consortium realize the Affordable Care Act is the right approach with cost and quality care. In addition, if Michigan is to remain competitive with other states, access to affordable and quality care is a must.
The Consortium stands prepared through the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) approach to serve these 450,000 Michigan residents along with Michigan's 9.4 million other residents. PCMH is a team based approach in delivering quality and responsive care (www.mipcc.org).
Time is of the upmost - immediately contact your Michigan Senator and tell them to support House Bill 4714.
You can determine your Senator by visiting www.senate.michigan.gov or calling 517.373.2400.
Craig Magnatta D.O.
Chair, Board of
Michigan Primary Care Consortium
Jeffery D. Brasie, M.A.