About CHRT

Rapidly improving Healthy Michigan Plan work requirements reporting protocols

January 2020 – December 2021
Client(s): Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with funding from the Metro Health Foundation
Partner(s): Phillip Kurdunowicz, state assistant administrator, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; Gabriela Marcu, assistant professor, University of Michigan School of Information; Paula Lantz, professor and associate dean for academic affairs, University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Renuka Tipirneni, assistant professor, University of Michigan Medical School
Need:

Michigan is set to implement a new work requirements policy for Medicaid enrollees in January 2020. This will impact approximately 681,000 individuals enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan. While many HMP enrollees who are subject to the new work requirements already meet the requirements or will qualify for exemptions, 61 percent will be required to report their activities each month, leading to unnecessary loss of Medicaid coverage.

CHRT’s role:

Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services will work with CHRT to rapidly improve systems used in the implementation of Medicaid work requirements in order to prevent unnecessary loss of coverage for qualifying Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees. CHRT will employ mixed methods, including both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. These methods will then be incorporated into a plan-do-study-act model for rapid cycle quality improvement with a minimum of two cycles of feedback to the department in 2020.

Data from the project will inform lasting policy and process changes that will help low-income individuals maintain the personal and financial benefits associated with health insurance coverage.

Topics: Medicaid