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Federal Government to End Michigan’s Medicaid Work Requirement

Apr 09, 2021

The Biden administration sent a letter to Michigan informing the state they are removing the state’s requirement that people receiving Medicaid work in order to receive benefits. The work requirement was approved under the Trump administration. As a federal program, the waiver was required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in order for […]

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New Medicaid Director Named

May 17, 2019

Kate Massey has been appointed as the new Medicaid director by Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Most recently, Ms. Massey was chief executive officer for Magellan Complete Care of Virginia. She previously served as vice president for Medicaid and Medicare for Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. Ms. […]

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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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Senate Votes to Create Medicaid Work Requirement

Apr 20, 2018

On Thursday, the Senate voted on nearly partisan lines to create a work requirement for Michigan residents receiving Medicaid, under certain circumstances. The legislation would require adults between the ages of 19 – 64 who are receiving Medicaid health benefits to work, receive job training, or go to school (or a combination of any of […]

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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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Senate Committee Reports Changes to Medicaid Use Tax

May 27, 2016

This week, the Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee reported a package of bills that would eliminate the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA).  HICA is a Use Tax on paid health claims, with a few exceptions, and was implemented to provide revenue for the Medicaid program.  However, the revenue from the assessment failed to meet the projected […]

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Approval Given for Healthy Michigan Waiver

Dec 18, 2015

On Thursday morning it was announced that the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the state’s waiver to the Healthy Michigan Program.  Under the program, the eligibility to receive Medicaid was expanded to include those with an income between 100%-133% of the poverty level, something allowed under the Federal Affordable Care Act.  However, […]

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