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Medicaid Work Requirements Passes the Senate--What Next?

Medicaid work requirements were discussed in a public hearing at the Michigan Senate Competitiveness Committee on April 18, 2018. You can watch it! The WHP's Ruth Kraut and Medicaid recipient Claire Maitre speak at 13:54 (Ruth) and 30:45 (Claire). 

The following day, April 19th, the bill was voted out of the Senate. It passed 26-11, with one Republican joining 10 Democrats in voting against the bill. The bill now moves to the House.

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Here is the link to the S2 (second substitute) of SB 897, which is what was voted on. Read the bill.

Read the history of the bill here.

We've been writing about work requirements and Medicaid. Read more below.

What Can You Do Now?

Now that the bill has passed the Senate and been sent to the Legislature, no matter where you live in the State of Michigan, you can contact your Representative and tell him or her how you feel about the bill. 

Find your Michigan Representative here

Send a letter to your Representative via Michigan League for Public Policy. 

Contact Governor Snyder! Call 517-335-7858 or 517-373-3400 or click here.

Check regularly for updates on this issue.

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Greatest Hits! Our Top 5 Posts of All Time

Here's a look back--our top 5 blog posts of all time are worth a first look, and a second look too!


1. The most sought-after blog post, getting twice as many hits as any other blog post, was the very first blog post that staff member Tonya South Peterson wrote for us! It has resources for how to get eyeglasses if you have Medicaid. With Medicaid, eyeglasses are a covered benefit!

Need Eyeglasses? Medicaid Has You Covered

What's more, this blog post is also available in Spanish.

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2. The #2 blog post is about how to use Medicaid as secondary insurance. This post has more comments than any other blog post, perhaps because not much has been written for the general public about Medicaid as secondary insurance and it can be a bit complicated. (But not super complicated--it's not too different from having insurance from two employers.)

Good News: Medicaid Can Be Secondary Insurance

Find this blog post in Spanish as well. 

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3. The #3 blog post describes how to find a DHHS caseworker's email and/or phone number. In the coming year, DHHS is planning on moving to a "universal caseworker" system, and most people may not have caseworkers in the traditional sense. But whatever happens, we will keep you posted, and update this post as needed.

How To Find A DHHS Caseworker's Email Address (And Phone Number)

Read this in Spanish.


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4. The #4 post was the #1 post in 2016! Trying to figure out which Medicaid health plans to choose can be tricky.  In 2018 there will be some changes, particularly to the dental plan choices of the Medicaid health plans--but we will keep you updated as those changes get closer.

Choosing A Medicaid Health Plan (Updated)

This post is also in Spanish.



5. Last but not least--the #5 blog post is a must read for people who have small businesses or do contract/consulting work. It's better to start early, tracking your income and expenses, than to start late. If the information is basically the same as last year's, you can use your taxes, but if you are just starting a new business, this may be what you need.

Help! How Do I Report Self-Employment Income For Medicaid Or The Marketplace?

Read this in Spanish.


Are you curious about what our top posts were in 2016?

There is some overlap. Read the Top Posts of 2016 here.

Want to see all of our Spanish posts? We have a page that holds all of our Spanish posts.

Do you have questions or ideas for other blog posts? Let us know in the comments.

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Medicaid Covers Hearing Aids

Most Medicaid Plans Cover Hearing Aids


Your hearing is important and you can get hearing exams if you have Medicaid Healthy Michigan Plan,  Healthy Kids, MIChild, or Traditional Medicaid. Some Medicaid plans do not cover people over age 21.   People age 21 and over should check with their individual health plans.  There could also be a small copayment for people 21 years of age or more.


What does Medicaid Cover?

  • Medicaid covers both routine and comprehensive hearing exams to diagnose and treat diseases of the ear and also tests to determine the need for hearing aids or alternative listening devices (ALDs).
  • Medicaid covers hearing aids (once every 5 years), fittings, cords, tubing, connectors, oscillators, receivers, and huggies. 
  • Medicaid covers alternative listening devices (ALDs) for people 21 years of age or more (once every 3 years).
  • Medicaid covers Cochlear Implants for all ages.
    • Infants to 23 months of age with a hearing loss of at least 90 db.
    • 2 years and older with a hearing loss of at least 70 db.
  • Medicaid covers delivery, adjustments, and modifications of hearing aids within a 24 month period.  The manufacturer’s warranty must cover a 90 day trial period in which the hearing aid can be exchanged or returned if the user is not satisfied.
  • Medicaid also covers battery and ear mold replacements, maintenance, and repairs.




What to Expect at a Hearing Exam

Your primary care physician will start by asking questions about you and your family's medical history, and hearing problems that you are having.  In most cases your primary care physician will complete the first routine hearing exam and, if necessary, refer you to an otolaryngologist or an otologist. Prior authorizations and medical documentation are required for the coverage of hearing aids. 

A typical hearing test at a specialist's office. 

A typical hearing test at a specialist's office. 

An otolaryngologist is a doctor who specializes in problems of the ears, nose, and throat.  An otologist is a doctor who specializes in problems of the ears, nose, and throat and also in the medical and surgical management of dizziness, hearing loss, and tumors of the ear.  The otolaryngologist or otologist will perform other tests and get medical clearance. For people over 18 years of age the otolaryngologist or the otologist can complete the medical clearance.  The otolaryngologist or otologist then refers you to an audiologist if hearing aids are recommended. 

An audiologist will go over your medical history, perform more tests and prescribe hearing aids, if they are medically necessary. 


How to find a hearing care provider

If you or a member of your household are experiencing problems with hearing, contact your Primary Care Physician first.

For a listing of Hearing Care Providers that accept Medicaid please call your individual health plan or by clicking on the web links below and follow the instructions provided.


Aetna Better Health Plan

1-866-316-3784 (TTY: 711)

  • Click on Medicaid, MIChild, Healthy Michigan
  • Enter zip code
  • Click ENT for otolaryngology/otology
  • Click search


Blue Cross Complete

1-800-228-8554 (TTY: 711)

  • For provider type click specialist
  • Enter city and state or county, township
  • Click submit


McLaren Health Plan

1-888-327-0671 (TTY: 711)

Traditional/Straight Medicaid

Medicaid - Healthy Michigan Plan

  •   Click on specialty type otolaryngology
  •   Click on county add Washtenaw
  •   Enter zip code
  •   Click find


Meridian Health Plan

1-888-437-0606 (TTY: 711)

Traditional/Straight Medicaid

Medicaid - Healthy Michigan Plan

  • Click on more search options
  • Enter zip code
  • Enter results in 10 mile radius
  • Click on specialty type otolaryngology
  • Click search


Molina Health Plan

1-888-898-7969 (TTY: 711)

  • For Cover Plan select Medicaid/Healthy MI Plan/MIChild
  • Click search by county
  • Enter state
  • Enter county For coverage type click on Medicaid/Healthy Michigan/MIChild
  • Click on specialist for provider type
  • For the specialty select otolaryngology or pediatric otolaryngology
  • Click search


UnitedHealthCare Plan

1-877-892-3995 (TTY: 711)

  •   Click on specialty type - otolaryngology
  •   Enter Plan Name
  •   Click find doctor


No health insurance?

Please click on the link below if you or a member of your household are experiencing problems with hearing and do not have health insurance.  These organizations may be able to provide financial assistance for hearing care and hearing devices.  Check with your local doctor and other agencies that provide assistance in your community. 

Hearing Loss Association of America

Have a question?  Leave a comment and we will answer you. 

-T. South Peterson

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