The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is taking additional steps in its efforts to preserve coverage for Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries by launching regional forums.The goals of the regional forums are increasing awareness about new work requirements for the Healthy Michigan Plan and preparing beneficiaries to meet the new requirements. MDHHS also issued proposed policy changes for public comment that offers additional clarification on the new requirements.
MDHHS is implementing the new work requirements in compliance with Public Act 208 of 2018. Beginning on January 1, 2020, Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries will be required to report 80 hours of work and other activities, such as job search, to MDHHS each month. Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries can be exempted (excused) from the requirements. Healthy Michigan Plan beneficiaries who are not excused from the requirements and fail to report may lose their health care coverage.
MDHHS has been conducting outreach to beneficiaries, providers, health plans, and other community organizations over the last year to inform stakeholders about the new requirements. MDHHS is expanding these efforts through the regional forums in order to increase and prepare beneficiaries to meet the new requirements. Beneficiaries, health care providers, health plans, and community organizations are invited to participate in these forums. MDHHS will conduct meetings in the following locations. MDHHS will provide additional updates on locations and times in the near future.
Lansing Meeting (October 21st, 2019 from 10 am to 11:30 am, Lansing Community College – West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing)
Marquette Meeting (October 22nd, 2019 from 10 am to 11:30 am, Upper Peninsula Health Plan, 853 West Washington Street, Marquette)
St. Ignace Meeting (October 22nd, 2019 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, St. Ignace Public Library, 110 West Spruce Street, St. Ignace)
Roscommon Meeting (October 23rd, 2019 from 10 am to 11:30 am, Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, 104 Conservation Drive, Roscommon)
Detroit Meeting #1 (October 30th, 2019 from 10 am to 11:30 am, Cadillac Place, Conference Room L-150, 3044 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit)
Detroit Meeting #2 (October 30th, 2019 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm, Cadillac Place, Conference Room L-150, 3044 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit)
Flint Meeting (October 31st, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD), 601 N. Saginaw Street, Flint)
Waterford Meeting (November 4th, 2019 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Oakland Schools Conference Center, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford)
Jackson Meeting (November 5th, 2019 from 10 am to 11:30 am, Center for Family Health,505 N Jackson St, Jackson)
Kalamazoo Meeting (November 5th, 2019 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm, Family Health Center,505 E. Alcott, Kalamazoo)
Grand Rapids Meeting (November 6th, 2019 from 10 am to 11:30 am, Eberhard Conference Center, Grand Valley State University, 301 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids)
Muskegon Meeting (November 6th, 2019 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm, Stevenson Room, Muskegon Community College, 211 Quarterline Road, Muskegon)
Dearborn Meeting: Nov. 12, 5-6:30 p.m., Arab American National Museum, 13524 Michigan Ave
Saginaw: Nov. 13, 10-11:30, Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!, 312 E. Genesee Ave.
Caro: Nov. 13, 2:30-4 p.m., Tuscola County Health Department,1309 Cleaver Road, Suite B. This forum will be connected to the following two locations via videoconferencing:
- Bad Axe: Huron County Health Department,1142 S. Van Dyke Road
- Sandusky: Sanilac County Health Department171 Dawson St., Suite 123
MDHHS is encouraging stakeholders to register for the forums, which will allow the department to ensure that sufficient space and printed materials are available for attendees. Stakeholders can register by visiting HealthyMichiganPlan.org and clicking the Changes Coming in 2020 tab.
MDHHS also issued proposed policy to implement the new work requirements for public comment. As part of this proposed policy, MDHHS is updating its policy and operational processes related to the implementation of the Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Amendment. Stakeholders can submit comments on the proposed policy changes until November 5, 2019. Proposed Medicaid policies may be accessed here on the MDHHS website.