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Governor Signs Medicaid Work Requirement

Jun 29, 2018

Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation into law creating a work requirement for certain recipients of the Healthy Michigan Program. “Signed into law in 2013, the program expanded the pool of residents eligible for Medicaid and includes those with an income at or below 133% of the federal poverty level. The state requested and received a […]

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Medicaid Work Requirement Passes

Jun 08, 2018

This week, the House passed controversial legislation creating a work requirement for some Michigan residents receiving Medicaid. Under the proposal, beginning in 2020 an able-bodied adult would need to be employed, preparing for a job, or engaging in community service for at least 80 hours per month to retain Medicaid coverage. The requirement generally would […]

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Legislation Introduced Creating Prescription Board

Mar 09, 2018

Representative Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Township) and Representative LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) have introduced two bills making reforms to prescription drugs in Michigan. The legislation creates the Prescription Drug Consumer Protection Board, consisting of thirteen people. Members on the board include consumer health advocacy groups, a pharmacy benefit manager, health insurers, and state department heads. The bills […]

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Federal Government Approves State Innovation Model

Feb 02, 2018

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) received federal approval for the continuation of Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) funding for its State Innovation Model (SIM). In 2015, CMS awarded DHHS nearly $70 million over four years to test and implement a model for delivering and paying for health care […]

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Lt. Governor Calley Signs Legislation Fighting Opioid Epidemic

Jan 05, 2018

Last week, Lt. Governor Brian Calley signed into law a package of legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic in Michigan. The legislative package was unveiled in March by the Lt. Governor, Governor Snyder, and a group of bipartisan legislators as implementation of recommendations of the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force. “Lt. Governor […]

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Supreme Court Order Finds 2010 Law Unconstitutional

Dec 22, 2017

This week, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an order finding that Public Act 75 of 2010 is unconstitutional. Under the law, public school employees had to contribute 3% of their salary for future retiree health care. “This measure was passed during a massive overhaul to the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System, which at the […]

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Retirement Task Force Bills Get Final Legislative Approval

Dec 15, 2017

This week, the House and Senate gave final approval to a package of bills making reforms to retiree benefits in local communities. Following months of debate, and the legislature working on the bill package for weeks, a final agreement was made to move the bills to final passage. As introduced, stakeholders raised several concerns with […]

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Legislation Combating Opioid Abuse Headed to the Governor

Dec 15, 2017

This week, the House and Senate granted final approval to legislation aimed at combating the growing epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction. The proposal would mandate more use by prescribers and dispensers of the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS), a state-run program tracking patients and prescribers for Schedule 2 through Schedule 5 controlled substances. The […]

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