Governor Signs Medicaid Work Requirements Legislation

Despite pressure from many groups to veto legislation to implement work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries in Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder signed Public Act 208 of 2018 on June 22, which will require residents with Healthy Michigan coverage to work, volunteer, or train 80 hours per month starting January 1, 2020. 

Last week, a federal judge ruled to block a similar work requirement program in Kentucky from going into effect. The program must now be re-evaluated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is unknown what, if any, effect this will have on Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is continuing to review this ruling while applying for the waiver, which is required before the work requirements can go into effect in Michigan.