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Michigan: Help Uninsured Residents Get Coverage for Heart Health

Did you know that Medicaid is an important source of health insurance coverage for patients with heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases? In the United States, 53% of current adult Medicaid beneficiaries, or 16 million people, have a history of cardiovascular disease or stroke. Help uninsured Michigan residents get coverage for cardiovascular health by signing this petition.

Studies have shown that Medicaid beneficiaries with heart disease are twice as likely to take their medication properly, compared to those who are uninsured. Also, those with Medicaid coverage are more likely than the uninsured to have been checked for high cholesterol and are more likely to be taking steps to control their blood pressure, two important risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

In June the state House of Representatives passed House Bill 4714, legislation that would implement significant reforms to the state’s Medicaid program while providing coverage to thousands of Michiganders. The legislation passed with bipartisan support on a 76-31 vote.

Help the American Heart Association pass Medicaid reform in Michigan. Sign this petition to ask your Senator to support Medicaid reform that will provide coverage to 470,000 currently uninsured Michigan residents.

Letter to
Michigan State Senate
I am writing to ask you to support House Bill 4714 when it comes before you for a vote.

Strengthening Medicaid is extremely important for Michiganders who have or are at risk for cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that Medicaid beneficiaries with heart disease are twice as likely to take their medication properly, compared to those who are uninsured. Also, those with coverage are more likely than the uninsured to have been checked for high cholesterol and are more likely to be taking steps to control their blood pressure, two important risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

House Bill 4714 will greatly reduce uncompensated care costs, as well as reduce the burden of cost-shifting onto businesses and taxpayers. This plan also allows for more individual control and options, and encourages healthy living.

For the health of our citizens, I urge you to support a strengthened Medicaid system and to vote YES on House Bill 4714.