Court Blocks Michigan’s Medicaid Work Requirements
Posted on March 06, 2020
A U.S. District Court ruling issued March 4 invalidated Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements, which posed a threat to healthcare coverage for tens of thousands of Healthy Michigan Plan recipients.
Judge James Boasberg’s order blocks Michigan from enforcing work requirements for participants in the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program. Work requirements took effect Jan. 1, 2020, and required Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries who are between 19 and 62 years old to complete 80 hours of work or work-related activities per month.
Prior to the court ruling, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) mailed 238,000 notices to individuals subject to reporting their work activities. An estimated 80,000 people were at risk of losing their healthcare coverage because they had not reported work activities that met the requirements. The MDHHS will now notify those individuals that they no longer have to report their work activities.
The MHA issued a statement praising the ruling and will keep members updated as the MDHHS educates Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries about this change. Members with questions may contact Ruthanne Sudderth at the MHA.
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