The number of uninsured Michigan residents has dropped by half since 2010

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More people are insured in Michigan than six years ago – that’s when the Affordable Care Act took effect.

According to U.S. census data, in 2010, 1.2 million people in the state were uninsured.

Now there are 600 thousand without insurance.

Steve Hall is a health officer with the Central Michigan District Health Department.

“By people being signed up with Healthy Michigan Plan or on the exchange, it allows them to have a primary care doctor and the ability to go see a doctor and not pay out of pocket.”

He said the ACA and Healthy Michigan Plan have helped people get coverage.

“One of our biggest problems that we see especially in rural areas, is just access to a health care issues. And when people don’t have health insurance they’re much less likely to go to a doctor or to seek any care.”

Hall said he hopes the number of uninsured residents will continue to drop each year.