Medicaid Work Requirements Pass The House

The Medicaid work requirements bill, Senate Bill 897, passed the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 on a party line vote, 17-10.  The bill was approved by the Michigan House of Representatives by a vote of 62-47.  The House-amended bill heads back to the GOP-controlled Senate, where it is expected to pass as soon as Thursday.  Next up is the Governor's office

The Washtenaw Health Plan remains opposed to Medicaid work requirements. We believe that healthcare is a human right, and that Medicaid work requirements will keep people from getting necessary healthcare. 

The proposed bill has many improvements over previous versions. Here are a few changes:

  • It requires an average of 80 hours/month of qualifying work activities, down from the earlier proposal of 29 hours/week. 
  • It exempts individuals age 63 and 64, who may have retired early and be drawing social security.
  • It only applies to Healthy Michigan Plan Medicaid recipients, and no others
  • It includes educational activities, job training, and vocational training, as well as unpaid internships, to meet the requirements.
  • it would allow recipients to have 3 months of noncompliance in a 12-month period, and after that, the recipient would lose coverage for at least 1 month (reduced from 1  year) and would need to be compliant to re-enroll.
This bill does one thing: it takes healthcare away from some of our state’s most vulnerable residents. We strongly urge the House to defeat the bill and if not, we call on the governor to veto this harmful piece of legislation.
— Gilda Z. Jacobs, Michigan League for Public Policy

There's more...Much more

Read the House Fiscal Agency Legislative Analysis here.

You can still oppose the bill. If you would like, you can send your comments to the governor, requesting his veto.   

Email:  governorsoffice@michigan.gov 

Phone: 517-373-3400 or 517-335-7858 (Constituent Services) 

From the Michigan League for Public Policy:  Bill takes healthcare away from people and families, does nothing to address barriers to employment.

We wrote about how Medicaid was helping and improving our state:  The Benefits of the ACA Go Beyond Health #thanksACA.

 

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