How to Change Your Medicaid Plan in Michigan

You can modify your Medicaid plan in Michigan, but you have to follow procedures and meet certain conditions. As a first step, talk to your current health plan about your motivation to change. Then, go to the Michigan Medicaid website and make an account if you haven’t already. Update your information and compare plans alongside benefits to make an informed choice. Once you’ve chosen a new plan, select it on the site or call the hotline. You can also apply by post. You can change plans as often as twice yearly, but there are a few exceptions that allow more frequent changes. Once enrolled, you can use your new Medicaid plan to access healthcare services.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for Medicaid in Michigan, you must meet certain requirements. These requirements include:

  • Income: Your income must be below a certain level. The income limit varies depending on your family size and the type of Medicaid you are applying for.
  • Assets: You must have limited assets. The asset limit also varies depending on your family size and the type of Medicaid you are applying for.
  • Citizenship or legal residency: You must be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident of Michigan.
  • Age or disability: You must be aged 65 or older, disabled, or blind. You may also be eligible if you are pregnant or the parent of a child under 19.

How to Change Your Medicaid Plan

If you are already enrolled in Medicaid, you can change your plan during the annual open enrollment period. The open enrollment period runs from October 15 to November 30 each year. During this time, you can switch to a different Medicaid plan or drop your coverage altogether.

To change your Medicaid plan, you must submit a change of plan form to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). You can obtain a change of plan form online or by calling the MDHHS at 1-888-642-2019.

You must submit your change of plan form by December 7th to have your new plan take effect on January 1st. If you miss the deadline you will have to wait until the following open enrollment period to change your plan.

Change of Plan Form

Form NameForm NumberWhere to Get It
Change of Health Plan – Medicaid Beneficiaries (Adults)F-191Online or by calling the MDHHS at 1-888-642-2019
Change of Health Plan – Medicaid Beneficiaries (Children)F-418Online or by calling the MDHHS at 1-888-642-2019

Differences Between Medicaid Plans

There are some differences between Medicaid plans. Before changing plans, it’s important to know about these differences and how they could affect you.

  • Network of Providers: Each Medicaid plan has its own network of providers, including doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers.
  • Benefits and Services Covered: Medicaid plans may offer different benefits and services, such as prescription drug coverage, mental health services, and transportation to medical appointments.
  • Copayments and Deductibles: Medicaid plans may have different copayments and deductibles, which are the amounts you pay for covered services.
  • Customer Service: Medicaid plans may have different customer service options, such as online portals, phone lines, and walk-in centers.

How to Switch Medicaid Plans

To switch Medicaid plans, you can follow these steps:

  1. Contact Your State Medicaid Office: Call or visit your state Medicaid office to start the process of switching plans.
  2. Fill Out an Application or Form: You will likely need to fill out an application or form to request a change in your Medicaid plan.
  3. Provide Proof of Eligibility: You may need to provide proof of income, residency, and citizenship to continue being eligible for Medicaid.
  4. Select a New Medicaid Plan: Choose a new Medicaid plan that meets your needs and preferences.
  5. Wait for Approval: Your state Medicaid office will review your application and approve or deny your request to change plans.
  6. Complete the Transition: If your request is approved, you will need to complete the transition to your new Medicaid plan. This may involve changing doctors or health care providers.
Medicaid Plan Comparison
PlanNetwork of ProvidersBenefits and Services CoveredCopayments and DeductiblesCustomer Service
Plan ANetwork AIncludes prescription drug coverage and mental health services$5 copay for office visits, $10 copay for prescriptionsOnline portal and phone support
Plan BNetwork BIncludes vision and dental coverage$10 copay for office visits, $5 copay for prescriptionsWalk-in centers and phone support
Plan CNetwork CIncludes transportation to medical appointments$15 copay for office visits, $10 copay for prescriptionsOnline portal and 24/7 phone support

Michigan residents can change their Medicaid plan once a year during the annual open enrollment period, which usually runs from October 1 through November 30.

Reasons for Changing Plans

  • Moving to a different county in Michigan
  • Your current plan is no longer offered
  • You want to change to a different type of plan (e.g., HMO to PPO)
  • You are not satisfied with the care you are receiving from your current plan

How to Change Plans

  1. Contact the Michigan Medicaid office to request a change of plan form. You can also download the form online at the Michigan Medicaid website.
  2. Complete the form and return it to the Michigan Medicaid office by the deadline. The deadline is usually November 30.
  3. Once your change of plan request is processed, you will receive a new Medicaid card in the mail. Your new plan will become effective on the first day of the following month.

Effective Date

Your new Medicaid plan will become effective on the first day of the following month after your change of plan request is processed. For example, if you submit your change of plan request in November, your new plan will become effective on January 1.

Month You Submit Change of Plan RequestEffective Date of New Plan
OctoberJanuary 1
NovemberFebruary 1
DecemberMarch 1

Understanding Coverage Changes

Before making changes to your Medicaid plan, it’s essential to understand how coverage may be affected. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Services and Providers: Changing plans may impact the specific services and providers covered. Research available services and ensure your preferred providers are included in the new plan’s network.
  • Eligibility: Some plans may have additional eligibility criteria or income limits. Confirm that you continue to meet the eligibility requirements under the new plan.
  • Costs and Benefits: Different plans may have varying costs, such as premiums, co-pays, and deductibles. Compare the financial implications of each plan to determine the most cost-effective option.
  • Prior Authorizations: Certain services may require prior authorization from the new plan. If you rely on ongoing treatments or medications, ensure that the new plan will cover them without requiring additional approvals.
  • Continuity of Care: Changing plans may disrupt ongoing care or disrupt relationships with healthcare providers. Consider the impact on your health and well-being before making a change.

Steps to Change Your Medicaid Plan in Michigan

  1. Contact the Michigan Medicaid Customer Service:
    • Call the Michigan Medicaid Customer Service line at 1-888-988-6422.
    • Provide your name, Medicaid ID number, and date of birth.
    • Express your desire to change your Medicaid plan.

  2. Gather Necessary Information:
    • Have your Medicaid ID number and personal information at hand.
    • Research various Medicaid plans available in your area.
    • Compare the plans’ coverage, costs, and provider networks.

  3. Complete the Application:
    • Download the Medicaid Change of Plan Request form (Form MDCH 4553).
    • Fill out the form accurately and completely.
    • Attach any necessary documentation, such as proof of income or residency.

  4. Submit the Application:
    • Mail the completed application and supporting documents to the address provided on the form.
    • Alternatively, you may submit the application in person at a local Medicaid office.

  5. Review and Processing Time:
    • The Michigan Medicaid office will review your application and supporting documents.
    • The processing time for plan changes can vary, typically taking several weeks.
    • You will receive a written notice confirming your new Medicaid plan and effective date.

Additional Information

To learn more about Medicaid plans and changes in Michigan, consider the following resources:

Alright folks, that’s all there is to changing your Medicaid plan in Michigan. Wasn’t so bad, was it? Taking charge of your healthcare is like being the boss of your own body, and I know you’ve got this. If you still have questions, don’t be shy! Feel free to reach out to the Michigan Medicaid office. Until next time, stay happy and healthy my friends, remember that taking care of you is taking charge. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you around!