For Immediate Release
March 4, 2020
Federal court ruling rightfully blocks Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements
Michigan League for Public Policy applauds today’s ruling from U.S. District Court
LANSING— The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on a federal court’s ruling on the lawfulness of Healthy Michigan Plan work requirement rules in Michigan. This morning’s order from a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia blocks Michigan from enforcing work requirements for Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees. The statement can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President and CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.
“While the best course of action would have been for Michigan to avoid Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements in the first place, we’re glad to see this sensible ruling. All along the League and allies have warned policymakers that work requirements for Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees would have dangerous effects. We sounded the alarm that the requirements would cause anxiety and loss of coverage for enrollees, and add a big expense and more layers of red tape for healthcare providers and the Department of Health and Human Services. Plus, every other state that has pursued Medicaid work requirements has paused them, either due to legal action or an understanding that taking away people’s healthcare is a poor decision.
“We’re relieved to see that the state won’t be forced to continue to implement potentially illegal and undoubtedly harmful Healthy Michigan work requirements.”
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.