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 03/27/2013 - 09:47


Washtenaw County has over 28,000 residents without health insurance.  The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced that its Adult Benefit Waiver Program (ABW) will be open during the month of April 2013. The Washtenaw Health Plan manages this program locally under its “Plan A.” Washtenaw Health Plan will offer individualized assistance throughout April and hopes to enroll as many eligible, very low-income adults as possible during that time.

“We are very excited for a period of open enrollment into this important medical program that has been closed for 2 ½ years,” says Ellen Rabinowitz, Executive Director of the Washtenaw Health Plan. “We further hope the State moves forward with Medicaid expansion in 2014, which would include the Plan A enrollees.”

The Plan A/ABW program covers primary and specialty care, prescription drugs, limited mental health services and other medically necessary services.  Highlights of the Plan A/ABW program include prescription co-pays of only $1.00 and the ability to transfer to a different county.

The Plan A/ABW program will only be open for the month of April 2013. Enrollment timing is controlled by the Michigan Department of Human Services. Applicants from anywhere in Michigan can apply online at, or at the Department of Human Services. Washtenaw County residents can also visit the Washtenaw Health Plan, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. during April. For more, visit

Who is eligible?

·         Adults age 19 to 64 years

·         U.S. citizens or a legal residents for at least 5 years;

·         No income or very low income:

o   $335 a month for a single person (or work income less than about $620 gross per month)

o   $452 a month for a married couple (or work income less than about $750 gross per month)

·         Less than $3,000 in assets (excludes one car and home)


Where can you apply?

·         Apply online via the DHS MIBridges system or at the local DHS office.

·         Visit the Washtenaw Health Plan office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during April for assistance.  The office is located at 555 Towner, Ypsilanti 48198.

Remember enrollment into the Plan A/ABW program isonly available during April 2013.  Do not apply early, do not apply late.

For more information contact the Washtenaw Health Plan office at 734-544-3030. Or visit for details, including required documents for the application and information about other enrollment sites.

(This news release was submitted by the Washtenaw County Health Department)


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