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Work or education is now required for many Michigan residents receiving Medicaid health coverage.

Rick Snyder
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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a plan to repeal and replace Michigan's tax on health insurance claims that is used to help fund Medicaid for low-income residents.

Michigan residents in the Healthy Michigan insurance program are a signature away from mandated work requirements.


The state Legislature is getting closer to requiring that people in the Healthy Michigan insurance program work to get those benefits. The bill is now one vote away from the governor’s desk.


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More than 500,000 able-bodied, nonelderly adults in Michigan's Medicaid expansion program would have to work or meet related requirements to keep qualifying for government health insurance under a revised bill that cleared a major legislative hurdle on Wednesday and is expected to become law.

A northern Michigan lawmaker is defending legislation that would require people to work to qualify for Medicaid.  Opponents of the bill say it would unfairly affect African Americans living in cities. 


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The state House opened hearings Wednesday on a bill that would require able-bodied people on Medicaid to have a job, be looking for work, or be enrolled in school. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the bill faces obstacles.


On the April 21-22, 2018 edition of Current State: a new bill to make thousands of Medicaid recipients in Michigan work for their benefits, an MSU professor gives his thoughts on the controversy at Starbucks, Kendrick Lamar wins a Pulitzer, a new place to watch glass-blowing in Michigan and meet the "last keeper of the light" in Ireland. Saturday at 11:00 a.m. & Sunday at 4:00 p.m. on 90.5 FM. 


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Able-bodied Medicaid recipients in Michigan may soon have to choose between finding a job or losing health insurance.

Michigan could soon require certain people to work for their Medicaid benefits. A bill passed a state Senate panel Wednesday.


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The state Legislature began discussions Wednesday on the newest plan to make people work for Medicaid.


Snyder touts Healthy Michigan, as House Republicans move to stop enrollment. 

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A Michigan healthcare policy expert says it will take time to analyze the potential impact on the state of the proposed Republican replacement for Obamacare.

Dennis Paradis is Executive Director of the Michigan Health Policy Forum. 

He says he’s concerned about the impact of its eventual cap on federal funding of Medicaid.

About 630,000 Michigan residents have purchased health insurance because the Affordable Care Act led to Medicaid expansion in the state. 

The Healthy Michigan program is funded almost completely with federal subsidies.

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Medicaid benefits used to be available mostly to low-income children, pregnant women, and disabled adults in Michigan. But that changed in 2013 when Michigan voted to use federal funds from the Affordable Care Act to extend those benefits to more people. Gov. Rick Snyder was a major force behind the legislation, saying it would mean lower healthcare costs and more federal dollars for Michigan. Healthy Michigan, the state’s expanded Medicaid program, has enrolled nearly 600,000 people to date. But the future of the program depends on the Department of Health and Human Services getting a waiver from the federal government.

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As enrollment in the state’s Healthy Michigan program continues, many of the state’s Community Mental Health officials have been sounding the alarm that they do not have sufficient funds to treat everyone who comes to them for help. In fact, there have already been scattered reports of people being cut off from state mental health services due to the shift in funding caused by the Medicaid expansion.

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