DHHS Issues Proposed Policy Implementing Healthy Michigan Plan Work Requirements
Posted on October 09, 2019
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently issued a notice of proposed policy to implement work requirements and update healthy behavior requirements for Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) enrollees. The work requirements take effect Jan. 1, 2020.
The proposed policy outlines who is eligible for the work requirements and who is exempt, how many hours of work or qualifying activities they must complete to remain in compliance and keep their coverage, and the penalties for noncompliance.
The proposed policy also outlines improvements and changes the DHHS is making to the healthy behavior requirements that apply to HMP enrollees. These include adding alternate methods of reporting healthy behaviors rather than through the traditional health risk assessment process, including additional healthy behaviors as qualifying activities, incorporating additional health education for enrollees, and more. The DHHS is also developing improved provider tools to educate their HMP patients about healthy behaviors and the associated incentives. Lastly, the proposed policy outlines the current cost-sharing requirements and penalties for HMP enrollees.
Importantly, the DHHS is delaying until later in 2020 the implementation of new premium and healthy behavior requirements for HMP enrollees who have had HMP coverage for at least 48 cumulative months.
Comments on the proposed policy are due Nov. 6. The policy can be found online and includes all comment submission details. Members with questions may contact Ruthanne Sudderth at the MHA.
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