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BACKGROUND: The League has worked tirelessly to first prevent a Medicaid work requirements policy from happening, and since the passage of Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements last summer, to limit the adverse impact on people’s healthcare as much as possible. The League also focused on protecting Medicaid and healthcare in its policy agenda, The Owner’s Manual for Michigan, as well as in our recommendations for the 2020 state budget. We continue to fight with allies to limit the damage done by this policy, and we applaud Gov. Whitmer for raising concerns about the law. As we closely follow the implementation of the law, which is set to begin in 2020, we will keep you informed every step of the way. Here’s the latest:

A U.S. district judge ruled that work requirements for Medicaid recipients should not have been approved in Kentucky and Arkansas. This could lead to a similar ruling on Michigan’s Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements—and should at least give state lawmakers pause—before the work requirements take effect in 2020.


Changes to the Healthy Michigan Plan (Fact sheet courtesy of ACCESS)

What you Need to Know About Michigan’s Medicaid Work Requirements (Fact sheet courtesy of ACCESS)

Potential Enrollment Impacts of Michigan’s Medicaid Work Requirements  (Report from Manatt Health)

Medicaid Work Requirements Can’t Be Fixed (Report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements approved by Trump administration present dangerous risks for Michigan (News Release from Michigan League for Public Policy)

More Evidence That Work Requirements Don’t Work  (Blog post from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Behavioral Science Shows Why Work Requirements Don’t Work (Blog post from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Workforce engagement requirements: The basics on Public Act 208 of 2018 (August 2018 Report from the Michigan League for Public Policy)

Medicaid Work Requirements: Why making people work doesn’t work (March 2018 Report from the Michigan League for Public Policy)


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