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Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation Releases Cover Michigan - a Report on Healthcare Coverage and Access
Date:1/26/2009

Report shows a downward trend in health coverage and destabilization of Michigan's health care delivery system. Health care reform must be part of economic stimulus package.

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cover Michigan, a report on healthcare coverage released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) shows that while Michigan compares well to the country as a whole, the state is losing ground in critical areas, including the number of Michigan's children and adults who are uninsured and the percentage of the population covered by private insurance.

"Cover Michigan shows a state under stress," said CHRT director Marianne Udow-Phillips. "More and more Michigan residents - especially our most vulnerable populations - are facing hardships in obtaining and affording health care. Our health care delivery system is destabilizing as more people are underinsured and uninsured."

"Access to health care coverage that is funded at an appropriate level is a national issue," Udow-Phillips said. "We must advocate for national health policy that will shore up the health care safety net, expand coverage, and strengthen the viability of public programs. It is imperative that health care reform be part of President Obama's economic stimulus package."

Cover Michigan is designed to provide the public and policy makers with access to Michigan's health coverage data in a single place as efforts intensify to tackle healthcare reform.

Cover Michigan comprises data from multiple state and national sources, in three major categories:

  1. Health care coverage - including the uninsured, publicly insured, and privately insured.
  2. Premiums and cost sharing - including premiums, d
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SOURCE The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation
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