Gov. Rick Snyder has signed Senate Bill 897 to adjust the requirements for health care coverage under the state’s successful Healthy Michigan program, which has enrolled more than 670,000 people since 2014.
“Our Healthy Michigan program has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Michiganders, and I’m very proud it has been so successful,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “The original estimates were that 400,000 people without health care would be able to obtain it after the creation of Healthy Michigan, and today more than 670,000 people have coverage. I am committed to ensuring the program stays in place and that Michiganders continue to live healthier lives because of it.”
Under the adjusted requirements, beneficiaries will be required to have at least 80 hours per month at a part-time job, a postsecondary educational institution or high school equivalency test training, a job training program, volunteer work or community service, an internship, or substance abuse treatment. Those exempted from the requirements include anyone age 63 or older, disabled persons, pregnant women, full-time students, children, a parent of a dependent child younger than age 6, a recipient of unemployment benefits and anyone under age 21 who had previously been in foster care.
Medicaid is a program administered by the federal government, and any adjustments to the program must receive federal approval. With Michigan’s current waiver for Healthy Michigan set to expire at the end of 2018, Gov. Snyder earlier this year met with federal officials at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to review the adjustments under SB 897, and expects approval to be granted before the current waiver expires. The language in SB 897 provides continued health care coverage for beneficiaries until February 1, 2020, even if the waiver renewal request is not approved.
SB 897, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Shirkey, is now Public Act 208 of 2018. The governor yesterday also signed House Bill 5638, sponsored by state Rep. Aaron Miller, which allows for a more streamlined process for proposed water withdrawals that meet certain conditions, and establishes deadlines for state officials to process permit requests for them. That bill is now PA 209 of 2018.