CHRT has been exploring the potential impacts of Medicaid work requirements since the the spring of 2018, when work requirements legislation was introduced to the Michigan State Senate. Since then, CHRT staff members have written fact sheets, policy briefs, consumer guides, and op-eds and have responded to dozens of media enquiries. Why? To ensure that policymakers and decision leaders have the data they need to develop evidence-informed policies that improve population health.
Below, you’ll find links to each of these publications–from our most recent overview and consumer’s guide to our first interview on the topic.
- “Projected impact of Medicaid work requirements: An overview of current state proposals,” Center for Health and Research Transformation (February 11, 2019): As of January 2019, 14 states have submitted proposals to the federal government requesting permission to establish work requirements in their Medicaid programs. To date, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved Medicaid work requirements for seven states, and two states have begun implementing these requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries. Read more.
- “A consumer’s guide to new Michigan Medicaid work requirements,” Center for Health and Research Transformation (June 25, 2018): New Michigan Medicaid work requirements were signed into law on Friday, June 22, and will take effect in 2020. The new law changes the Healthy Michigan Plan, and 700,000 people will be directly impacted. What should they expect? Read CHRT’s Consumer’s Guide to Michigan’s Medicaid Work Requirements to learn who’s affected and how the law will apply to different situations. Read more.
- “Comparing changes to the Healthy Michigan Plan,” Center for Health and Research Transformation (June 25, 2018): Public Act 208, signed into law on Friday, June 22, initiates a number of substantive changes to Public Act 107, the current Healthy Michigan Plan. New Michigan Medicaid work requirements will take effect in 2020. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the current law and the new law. Read more.
- “Proposed work requirements for Medicaid in Michigan: An update,” Center for Health and Research Transformation (June 7, 2018): 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 work requirement proposal. Read more.
- “Medicaid work requirements: More harm than good for MI?” Public News Service (May 2, 2018): LANSING, Mich. – A Michigan House committee is expected to discuss a proposal today to impose a work requirement on Medicaid recipients, but some researchers say the legislation would do more harm than good. Senate Bill 897 would impose a work requirement of 29 hours per week for able-bodied adults enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program and kick people off coverage if they fail to meet the requirement within a month. Read more.
- “Medicaid advocates: Work requirements unnecessary,” Gongwer News Service (April 30, 2018): Advocates for Medicaid told reporters Monday work requirements tied to the health care coverage for lower-income people could actually make it harder for those enrollees to work as they lose coverage and don’t have access to treatment. They also said SB 897 will lead to an increase in uncompensated care costs at hospitals and administrative costs in the state’s budget. Read more.
- “Medicaid work bill could hurt, not help, people who want to work,” Detroit Free Press (April 30, 2018): Legislation to require Medicaid recipients to work is racing through the Legislature. Last week, the Michigan Senate passed a bill that would impose 29-hour-per-week work requirements on many adults enrolled in the state’s Medicaid programs. The state House could take up the issue this week. Michigan’s proposed work requirement is one of the most stringent put forward to date. Read more.
- “Lawmakers consider Medicaid work requirements,” Michigan Public Radio (April 21, 2018): Pretty soon, Medicaid recipients in Michigan who are able-bodied may have to choose between finding a job or losing health insurance. That’s under a bill the state Senate passed Thursday. Democrats opposed to the bill say it punishes the poor, while supporters say most people on Medicaid already work — this would give incentive for others to do so. Read more.
- “Beware of unintended consequences of Michigan Medicaid work demand,” Bridge Magazine (April 20, 2018): On April 10, President Trump signed an Executive Order designed to add work requirements to all public assistance programs. Yesterday, the Michigan Senate State Competitiveness Committee reported out a bill that would require work, education, or other community engagement activities as a condition of eligibility for many Medicaid recipients. And today, the Michigan Senate approved that bill with no amendments. Read more.
- “Proposed work requirements for Medicaid in Michigan,” Center for Health and Research Transformation (April 20, 2018): In early March, Michigan state senators took the first step toward preparing a work requirement proposal of their own by introducing Senate Bill 897. The bill passed the Michigan State Senate on April 19. In this fact sheet, we compare the characteristics and projected impact… Read more.
- “Bill package would add work requirements, limit time, and block grant Medicaid,” Crain’s Detroit Business (March 10, 2018): CHRT Executive Director Marianne Udow-Phillips spoke with Crain’s Detroit Business about a recently introduced bill, Senate Bill 897, that proposes 30-hour per week work requirements for Michigan’s Medicaid recipients. Read more.