Meredith Buhalis began working at the WHP just weeks before the April 1st, 2014 start of the Healthy Michigan Plan. She hit the ground running, doing her first application on her own on opening day! Since then, Meredith has been an asset to the WHP, doing a very high volume of enrollments. As part of the WHP team, Meredith works to help a diverse group of clients navigate the complexities of the current health care system.
Although getting health care coverage is the main focus of the WHP, educating people about their options and supporting clients to become their own advocates is her passion. A client wrote this about Meredith.
"She is amazing and she will help you! She has put the power back into my hands. These programs are funded and if you are eligible they should NOT ever be out of your reach. Call Meredith. Get the help you need to gain the coverage you deserve."
During the Coverage Counts CMS grant, Meredith worked out of the Livingston County Department of Public Health and has helped many community members in both Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Now, Meredith is full-time at the Washtenaw Health Plan offices in Ypsilanti.
Meredith first studied education and human development at Antioch College where she fully absorbed the founder's pleas to graduates, "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity." After college and brief careers in house painting and restaurants, Meredith attended the School of Information at the University of Michigan. As part of hi-ce, she taught school librarians to use the Internet and helped organize the World Wide Web, pre-google. She worked with nonprofits, technology and social workers before moving on to the wonderful world of school libraries. Now she puts her organizational, creative, and people skills to good use at the Washtenaw Health Plan.
For instance, Meredith designed the healthcarecounts.org website. Recently, our website and blog has been commended for its amazing marketing team. And that team is primarily Meredith!
Meredith lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, the singer/songwriter Chris Buhalis, daughter and dog.
--Haley Haddad and Ruth Kraut