Legislative Leaders in Michigan Refuse to Delay Medicaid Work Requirements

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Beginning on January 1, 2020, most adults in Michigan between the ages of 19 and 61 who are participating in the Healthy Michigan program will have to prove 20 hours of workforce engagement per week to maintain their Medicaid coverage. In response to the upcoming implementation of the work requirements policy, Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to legislative leaders, requesting that the work requirements be suspended while a lawsuit challenging the requirements is pending. In response to Gov. Whitmer’s letter, legislative leaders announced that they would not delay the implementation of the work requirements because they are sufficiently different than those that have been implemented in other states. Particularly, the Michigan work requirements differ in their exemptions and reporting requirements. Aimed Alliance will continue to monitor this issue.

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