The number of people without health care coverage in Michigan fell in 2013, according to Census Bureau data released today, and is expected to fall even further this year thanks in part to the state’s decision to extend affordable health insurance to those in Michigan with low incomes.
Today’s data release shows 1,072,000 Michiganians, or 11 percent, still did not have health insurance last year, though there was some progress between 2012 and 2013.
Dramatic gains are expected in 2014. In just six months this year, 386,000 adults in Michigan signed up for the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s version of Medicaid expansion. In 2013, Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Snyder adopted the Healthy Michigan Plan, making Michigan one of 27 states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The plan took effect April 1, 2014.
“We will see real progress in the years ahead, thanks to Gov. Snyder and the state lawmakers who supported the Healthy Michigan Plan so more in Michigan can get affordable health care,” said Gilda Z. Jacobs, president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy. “This is good not only for the people getting the coverage they need, it’s also good for our state’s businesses, communities, and economy.”
Strengthening Medicaid so it provides coverage to more low-income people is a key component of the Affordable Care Act. The federal government agreed to pay the costs of expanding Medicaid to people making up to 138 percent of the poverty rate – just $32,600 per year for a family of four – for the first three years. But the Supreme Court left it up to the states to decide whether to implement the expansion.
In 2013, the percent of people without health coverage was lower in Michigan and others states that have expanded Medicaid. Only 14.1 percent of people lacked health insurance in the states that expanded Medicaid, while 17.3 percent went without health coverage in the states that have chosen not to.
The 2014 Census data – which will be released in September 2015 – is expected to show significant progress in the states that expanded Medicaid, while states that failed to expand Medicaid are expected to fall further behind.
In fact, other surveys preview this progress. The Urban Institute’s Health Reform Monitoring Survey shows a widening gap in coverage between the states that have and have not adopted Medicaid expansion from the end of 2013 to the middle of 2014.By the end of June 2014, the collective share of people without health insurance in states that chose not to adopt Medicaid expansion was 18.3 percent compared with 10.1 percent in states that chose to expand.
In the years ahead, other provisions of the Affordable Care Act will also help reduce the number of uninsured in Michigan. Next year’s Census data will show that even more people are gaining health coverage through the state’s new health insurance marketplace.
Since the Census data released today was collected, those who can’t get affordable health insurance through their jobs or who earn more than 138 percent of the poverty line have been able to sign up for coverage through the marketplace. The vast majority of this group are now eligible for federal subsidies to help them pay their premiums and reduce their out-of-pocket health costs. As a result, next year’s Census data is expected to show that an even higher number of Michiganians have health care coverage.
“This has been a win-win for our state,” Jacobs said. “By expanding Medicaid, Michigan is able to help struggling people get health coverage while also boosting our economy.”
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonpartisan policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.
Source : Judy Putnam, Michigan League for Public Policy news release, September 16, 2014.
Ron French, "Smartest kids: Teaching starts early, with special focus on the poor, in Minnesota" : Minnesota traces its elite status to tough academic standards, the nation’s most extensive early childhood education program and higher investment in low-income schools.
Mike Wilkinson, "How Minnesota and Michigan students compare on the NAEP" : Michigan and Minnesota spend roughly the same amount of money per pupil, and yet the performance of Minnesota students on national tests is far superior to that of Michigan students, including low-income students.
Phil Power, "A dark-money cloud obscures issues that matter in Michigan" : Who’s supporting the candidates running for office? How much are they investing in the outcome? Right now, we can only guess about much of it.
Ingham County voters have approved countywide millages for things like the Potter Park Zoo, 911 operation and health care services. What those voters may not know is that 5.5 percent of the money they approved was actually captured for other purposes.
These captures are through Tax Increment Financing (TIFs) – an economic development tool used by entities like Downtown Development Authorities (DDAs).
These entities can capture property tax growth and millage money, and by one estimate could capture up to $1.2 billion statewide this year.
Ingham County Controller/Administrator Tim Dolehanty said that in 2013 the county lost $2.4 million out of its operating revenues to these TIF districts.
But those on the ground administering TIFs argue that the region has actually benefitted from that activity.
For the full article, see Emily Lawler, "Do tax capture districts like township mall developments help or hurt core cities, county residents?", MLive, September 16, 2014.
For a related article, see Emily Lawler, "Oakland County lawmaker to introduce TIF reform legislation", MLive, September 11, 2014.
Emily Lawler, "Downtown Development Authorities pit counties against communities in tough economic times", MLive, September 9, 2014.
Emily Lawler, "Michigan tax-capturing authorities could rake in $1.2B a year but have little oversight", MLive, September 8, 2014.
Our Ask Us team gets this question a LOT during the summer, more often than at other times of the year. Maybe it’s because most nonprofits have likely sent in their own 990s in mid-May.
May 15 is the first due date for filing 990s if your exempt org’s fiscal year ends on Dec. 31. But your org can request an automatic 3-month extension, plus an additional 3-month extension if needed. The second extension isn’t automatic, but it’s almost always granted. This means that Nov. 15 can be the latest date to file without penalties.
The filing date is just the IRS’s receipt date that gets stamped on the 990. It’ll take several more weeks for the IRS to scan it and then send it on DVDs, along with hundreds of other 990s, to us and other orgs that put 990s online, like GuideStar and Economic Research Institute. Thus, if your foundation prospect is a Nov. 15 filer (and a lot of foundations are), you might not see its 2013 990 online until early spring 2015. In other words, 12-15 months later.
This also partially explains the delay in providing updated foundation trends at Foundation Stats. (More about this in a future post.) We’d love a direct feed from the IRS so that when it gets a 990, we would get it at the same time. Until that happens, we’ll need to rely on the batches of DVDs that we receive from IRS every few months.
What’s better than a direct feed from IRS? A direct feed from the funders themselves. A growing number of foundations report their grants electronically to the Foundation Center, which means that their grants data is available sooner for our Research team to analyze, and for you to find in a search in Foundation Directory Online (FDO), our database of grantmakers, or on Glasspockets, a Center initiative that champions philanthropic transparency in an online world.
Why should you care about 990s, anyway?
These IRS forms may be the only source available to learn about past grants, especially for small foundations. Past grants can suggest a funder’s giving preferences and help you determine how much to request from a foundation. After all, you don’t want to ask for $50,000 when the funder seems to give only $5,000 to projects like yours, and vice versa.
990s include info on board members and key staff, as well as application guidelines. They are the basis for many FDO foundation profiles. Plus, you can view them for free at several websites, including our own 990 Finder.
Want to know more? See our Knowledge Base Article, “What is Form 990 or 990-PF? How can I learn about using them?”
Why does this info help you become a better grantseeker?
Now that you know about the typical lag time in getting 990s on the Internet, you can:
* Save time by not searching for the most recent 990s when the funder hasn’t even submitted them yet. Instead, set a recurring reminder to look for it 2-3 months after the usual IRS receipt date, stamped on the 990.
* Explore other ways to get the latest news about foundation prospects. Do they have websites? Do they use Twitter, Facebook, newsletters, other communications channels? Subscribe to them all. If any of your prospects is a large national foundation, Glasspockets has a colorful chart that quickly shows which communications channels they use.
* Does the foundation provide an online grants archive, like Robert Wood Johnson Foundation? If yes, you’re in luck since most foundations don’t even have websites. Bookmark the archive and learn how it works. It’s probably easier to read and understand than the 990s, and it’ll likely have more details. See also this free world map at Glasspockets to explore recent grants from some of the world's largest foundations.
* Try Google News Alerts or similar tools to get notified whenever news about the foundation is published online. You also can subscribe to nonprofit news sources, like The Chronicle of Philanthropy or our own Philanthropy News Digest (PND).
--Sandy Pon, lead editor for GrantSpace and the GrantSpace Blog. Reposted from Philanthropy Front and Center Washington D.C., September 10, 2014.
Twelve years ago, General Motors Co. opened its newest assembly plant in more than a decade on 111 acres just south of downtown Lansing.
The plant was more flexible, more robotic, than any other factory in the Detroit automaker’s lineup at the time — including four others in and around the city that wouldn’t survive the decade. It was modeled after GM’s own plants overseas, which were more innovative than those in North America and not organized under the powerful auto unions of the United States and Canada.
Now, as workers there prepare to build their millionth Cadillac on Monday, the 2.5 million-square-foot Lansing Grand River plant is considered a shining example of modern auto manufacturing. Industry watchers praise its ability to build a variety of vehicles under one roof, collaborative management styles that emphasize team building over top-down direction and automated production lines that run efficiently with fewer people.
For the full article, see "Lansing Grand River plant's milestone 'means confidence'; Critical role Lansing connected to General Motors' past, present, future", Lansing State Journal, September 15, 2013
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