LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is heading down the road of teaming up with the federal government on a mandated health insurance exchange that was a major part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Here's a look at where things stand in the state:
Q: How many people are uninsured in Michigan, and how many of those are projected to get insurance under the exchange?
A: Michigan has 1.2 million uninsured people. The state estimates about 500,000 are anticipated to receive coverage through the exchange — 421,000 individuals and 82,000 employees of firms.
Q: How many people in Michigan are currently served by Medicaid and how many more will be served if the state chooses the Medicaid expansion?
A: About 1.8 million are currently served by Medicaid, and if the state chooses to expand, it expects roughly 500,000 Medicaid individuals to seek coverage within five years. The estimate for the first year is about 300,000.
Q: How many small businesses are likely to take advantage of the health insurance offered on the state's exchange?
A: Specific numbers aren't available but the state anticipates roughly 82,000 employees may receive coverage through the exchange. This could change depending on what small businesses do with their current employer-sponsored insurance options and the federal health care law's impact on that coverage.