Proposed work requirements for Medicaid in Michigan: June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018

At the start of 2018, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a major shift in federal policy that would allow states to request permission to establish, and test the impact of, work and community engagement requirements for able-bodied adults receiving Medicaid health insurance coverage. In the last five months, work requirement proposals have been approved in four states; formal applications have been submitted by seven more, and a number of others are preparing proposals. Michigan is among the states proposing Medicaid work requirements.

In April, the Michigan State Senate took the first step toward establishing work requirements by passing Senate Bill 897. The Michigan House of Representatives passed an updated version of the bill on June 6. And on the morning of June 7, the Michigan Senate approved the revisions and sent the bill to the Governor’s office for signature.

In this fact sheet, we compare the characteristics and projected impact of Michigan’s most recent Medicaid work requirement proposal against the characteristics and projected impact of approved work requirement proposals in Kentucky, Indiana, Arkansas, and New Hampshire. We also describe new requirements for Healthy Michigan Plan enrollees who wish to maintain coverage after four years, and a series of triggers that would terminate the Healthy Michigan Plan if CMS fails to approve these requirements.

To learn more, read our Consumer’s Guide to the Medicaid work requirements.