MHA Media Statement: MHA is Disappointed to See Healthcare Access Conflated with Workforce Development

Posted on June 07, 2018

Brian PetersThe following statement can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO at the MHA: 

Today, the Michigan Legislature approved legislation requiring 80 hours of work a month for hundreds of thousands of Healthy Michigan Plan recipients. While the MHA appreciates the value and honor individuals get from employment, we are disappointed to see appropriate healthcare access conflated with workforce development. We do recognize that the work requirements contained in the approved version of the bill are less stringent than those adopted by other states and less stringent than the initial Senate-passed version. 

We thank the Governor and lawmakers for listening to our concerns during their deliberations, as reflected in the final version. However, the Healthy Michigan Plan was designed to get Michiganders to the right care settings at the right time – it already includes personal responsibility requirements like copays, premiums and health risk assessments. Hospitals in Michigan paid $7 billion in Medicare reimbursement concessions for the expansion of coverage, which includes the 662,000 people on the Healthy Michigan Plan – that coverage is now at risk for nonhealthcare reasons. If and when the work requirements take effect, the MHA and our member hospitals and health systems will work diligently to ensure that coverage and access is maintained for our lower-income community members.

Tags: media statement, Healthy Michigan Plan, advocacy, Work Requirement

Posted in: News Releases, Issues in Healthcare, Top Issues - Healthcare

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