Senate Passes Bills to Ease Compliance with Medicaid Work Requirement
Posted on June 20, 2019
On June 19, the Michigan Senate unanimously passed a pair of bills that would amend the reporting obligations for Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries impacted by the Medicaid work requirement legislation that became law in 2018. Senate Bills (SBs) 362 and 363 would seek to protect coverage for compliant individuals by easing the reporting process in certain circumstances.
SB 362, introduced by Sen. Curtis Hertel (D-East Lansing), would move the deadline for reporting the previous month’s work compliance, currently the 10th day of each month, to the last day of each month. The bill would also allow Medicaid beneficiaries to retroactively report “qualifying activities” for the work engagement requirement for up to 60 days after previous months in which they did not meet the reporting requirements. Recipients are allowed only three months of noncompliance within a 12-month period before losing their Medicaid benefits. Therefore, the changes proposed in SB 362 would limit the number of people who would lose their healthcare coverage simply due to missed deadlines.
SB 363, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake), would establish a reporting exemption for recipients whose work engagement can be verified by data already available to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). This would mean that data routinely provided to the Department of Treasury and other state agencies could be used by the DHHS to verify individual compliance without action from the recipient.
The MHA fully supports the changes proposed in SBs 362 and 363, which were passed with a bipartisan consensus to ease the work engagement requirements for Healthy Michigan Medicaid recipients. The association will apprise members of further action on these bills as they are taken up in the House. Members with questions should contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.
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