A new state report says Michigan is spending more money than ever to maintain the nation’s second-largest population of mentally ill people and their families.
In its first annual report on the state’s Medicaid expansion program, the Michigan Department of Human Services said it will spend $6 million this fiscal year on services for the mentally ill, who make up more than one-third of the state population.
But the report also found that Michigan is facing serious budget cuts, as well as the threat of rising health care costs, because of the cost of the Medicaid expansion.
The $6.5 billion expansion of the Affordable Care Act has been the largest single spending boost for Michigan, adding more than 14,000 people to Medicaid rolls.
The expansion is also a major contributor to the state economy.
It’s estimated that the expansion has raised more than $9 billion in annual spending.
In addition to the new Medicaid beneficiaries, the expansion also has helped fill a gap in the state health care system.
It has allowed people who were previously unable to obtain health care because of their mental illness to obtain coverage for some of the same treatments and services that were previously unaffordable.
The report estimated that spending on the Medicaid program will rise to $10.6 billion this fiscal years, from $9.4 billion in fiscal year 2017.
That is the second-highest increase since the expansion began in 2013, and it comes amid a budget crisis, with lawmakers seeking to avert a $7.6-billion budget shortfall that was announced by Gov.
Rick Snyder earlier this month.
That shortfall was originally projected to be $8.3 billion in 2018-2019.
However, with a $1.4-billion boost to the Medicaid funding in the budget, the projected shortfall will be $5.6 to $6 billion by the end of 2019.
The new report also showed that spending has not been flat.
In fiscal year 2018, spending was $3.9 billion, up slightly from the previous year.
However that number is down $1 billion from the year before.
That means spending will be up by $4.6 million in 2019-2020, compared to the previous fiscal year, which was $5 billion.
In addition, the new report found that spending to support the mentally disabled has been growing steadily.
According to the report, the number of people with a mental illness who were eligible for Medicaid rose by 27 percent from fiscal year 2020 to fiscal year 2021.
In fiscal year 2022, there were nearly 1,500 people with the condition.
There are about 6,500 mentally ill adults in Michigan.
The increase in the number receiving Medicaid was due to an increase in states allowing the expansion of Medicaid to people with mental illnesses, according to the study.