Health and Human Services Subcommittee hears testimony on Healthy Michigan Plan

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services held a hearing Tuesday on how the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) plans to implement its second Healthy Michigan Plan waiver, said HHS Committee Chairman Jim Marleau.

Chris Priest, Medicaid director for the state of Michigan, testified on how the Healthy Michigan Plan is unique in how it incentivizes healthy behaviors. Participants in the plan can reduce their co-pays by addressing risky behaviors, such as obesity, smoking and substance use.

The committee also heard testimony from Dr. Mark Fendrick from the University of Michigan’s Center for Value Based Insurance Design about how these incentives are reducing the use of unnecessary health care services.

“This is about more than just providing health care. It’s about getting people engaged in their health care choices,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “We are taking a proven concept from the private sector of encouraging healthy behaviors that are designed to not only save tax dollars but also to create healthier residents in this state.”

Rick Murdock, executive director of the Michigan Association of Health Plans, testified to the effort the Legislature and DHHS have put forth for more efficient health care spending.

“There is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that the Healthy Michigan Plan continues to deliver value to the residents of Michigan,” Marleau said.

Note: For a print-quality version of this or other Marleau photos, click the image or click Photowire, above.