Governor Signs Bill to Improve Compliance with Medicaid Work Requirement, Delays Other Changes
Posted on September 24, 2019
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Senate Bill (SB) 362 into law Sept. 23, which makes it easier for Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries to comply with Medicaid work requirements, and delayed other upcoming changes that could impact patients.
More than 270,000 Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries will be subject to the new work requirements, which take effect Jan. 1, 2020. The MHA-supported SB 362 allows the state to use data already available to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to verify whether individuals are in compliance with the law, extends the deadline for reporting the previous month’s work compliance and allows Medicaid beneficiaries to retroactively report qualifying activities.
The MDHHS is working with the MHA and other partners to raise awareness of the upcoming work requirements, and beneficiaries will receive information throughout the fall about the requirements and how to inform the MDHHS about their qualifying activities. The MDHHS is also providing education to providers and other agencies that assist enrollees. Hospitals should continue to monitor provider bulletins related to Healthy Michigan Plan changes. The MHA will also share information with members as it becomes available.
In addition to work requirements, another upcoming change will require some Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries to pay a premium of 5% of their income and complete a yearly health risk assessment or a healthy behavior to keep their health coverage. Whitmer announced that the MDHHS would delay the implementation of these new requirements until Oct. 1, 2020, to focus on successfully implementing work requirements.
Members with questions about the outreach to patients should contact Ruthanne Sudderth at the MHA, and questions about the legislation should be directed to Adam Carlson at the MHA.
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