New report on Michigan’s uninsured and Medicaid population reveals access problems

A new report details the issues that uninsured Michiganders, and those who rely on Medicaid for health coverage, face when they try to access health care.

The second annual “Cover Michigan” report was published Monday by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, the joint venture between the U-M Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

In general, it finds, people who lack health coverage are more likely to seek medical treatment in costlier care settings and less likely to have regular, preventive care. Among those with health coverage, those with Medicaid coverage reported the greatest difficulty gaining access to preferred primary care providers or specialists and were the most likely to delay seeking care when needed.

A press release describing the report can be found here and the full report at online.

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