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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 apply to adults who became eligible for Medicaid coverage under the Healthy Michigan Plan, as allowed by the Affordable Care Act. The work requirement does not apply to children, seniors, or the disabled.

The legislation provides exemptions from the requirement, including:

  • Pregnancy
  • Parents with children under the age of six
  • Caretakers of a disabled dependent
  • Full-time students
  • Those receiving unemployment

The day after the House voted in favor of the bill, the Senate voted to concur in the changes the House made to the legislation. It will be sent to Governor Rick Snyder for consideration. “After the legislature made changes addressing his concerns, it is expected that Governor will sign the legislation into law,” explained Rudy Hobbs of MLC.

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