Physicians Health Plan will be the insurer to offer subsidized health coverage for chronically-ill Michigan residents. The insurer, based in Lansing, will offer health coverage through the health insurance pool that was created to provide an avenue for the uninsured chronically ill to buy coverage until state exchanges are active in 2014 as set forth in the health care reform legislation. To qualify for the pool individuals must provide proof of U.S. citizenship and Michigan residency, certification by a physician that the individual is chronically ill and evidence that an insurer has refused, for health reasons, to cover the individual within the previous six months. Physicians Health Plan will start enrolling members August 31 for coverage that becomes effective October 15.
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