Medicaid work requirements in Michigan rescinded by Biden administration

Work requirements to access Medicaid in Michigan have been rescinded by the Biden administration.

The work requirements assured that Medicaid beneficiaries in the state of Michigan were either employed or attended school. The door for work requirements was opened when the Trump administration began to allow it in 2018. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, embraced the changes and set the requirements in the state. Current Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has opposed the requirements that she inherited when she took office in 2019.

 

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The rules have not yet been implemented after they were invalidated by a federal court. Arkansas, one of 12 states that intended to institute the rules, has asked for the Supreme Court to rule on whether the work requirement is legal.

Elizabeth Richter, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wrote a letter to states on Tuesday notifying them of the change. The CMS cites the large swell of unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential for rapid loss of health care coverage across the country if the rules are implemented.

Wisconsin also had their Medicaid work requirements rescinded this week. Last week both Arkansas and New Hampshire saw their work requirement rules rescinded as well.

The Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s expanded Medicaid plan as a part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, eclipsed 800,000 members in September. Any Michigander between 19-64 years old with a single income of 133% of the federal poverty level or lower may qualify.