Welcome to DECIDERS!

Deliberative Engagement of Communities in Decisions about Resources

What are we doing?

DECIDERS develops, uses, and evaluates ways to engage communities, particularly minority and under-served communities, in informed deliberations about priorities for limited health resources.

Why are we doing it?

Community influence on priorities, a key aspect of just resource allocation, remains limited.

DECIDERS and Michigan Medicaid CHAT Boards

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Most who enrolled in Michigan’s Medicaid expansion either already work or can’t work, study shows

Nearly half of the people who enrolled in Medicaid after it expanded in Michigan have jobs, a new study finds. Another 11 percent can’t work, likely due to serious physical or mental health conditions. About 1 in 4 enrollees are out of work but also are much more likely to be in poor health, according to the findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine by a team from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

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Medicaid Expansion Helped Enrollees Do Better at Work or in Job Searches

Most low-income Michigan residents who signed up for the state’s expanded Medicaid program say their new health insurance helped them do a better job at work, or made it easier for them to seek a new or better job, in the first year after they enrolled, according to a new study.

That’s on top of the positive health effects that many said their new coverage brought them, University of Michigan researchers report at the annual research meeting of the AcademyHealth research organization.

In all, 69 percent of those who had jobs said they did better at work once they had health insurance under the Healthy Michigan Plan, the name of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

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Healthy Michigan Plan Latest Findings

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With $58 million Grant, MICHR will help U-M Researchers Push Research and Health Care Forward

The next big idea to help people with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, or many other conditions could be bubbling up right now in a University of Michigan research lab. Or it might be a new idea in the mind of a U-M doctor, scientist, healthcare professional, graduate student or patient. Now, U-M has received a $58 million grant to help those ideas move forward, with Michiganders of all ages and backgrounds as partners.

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