State to hold 14 forum across Michigan on new Medicaid work requirements

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    Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used the state Administrative Board to move about $6 million in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget that the GOP-led Legislature didn’t include to publicize new Medicaid work requirements signed by her GOP predecessor, Rick Snyder.

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    The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Friday announced it is launching 14 regional forums this fall to inform residents of changes to the program known as Healthy Michigan.

    Beginning on Jan. 1, beneficiaries will be required to report 80 hours of work and other activities to DHHS each month. Some beneficiaries can be excused from the requirements, but those who aren’t may lose their health care coverage if they don’t comply.

    The department has reached out to beneficiaries, providers, health plans and other community organizations over the last year on the changes. Last month, DHHS sent a letter to enrollees detailing the requirements.

    State sends out letters to Medicaid enrollees on new work requirements

    Beneficiaries, health care providers, health plans, and community organizations are invited to participate in these forums. Here is the tentative schedule:

    • Lansing: Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Lansing Community College – West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing.
    • Marquette: Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Upper Peninsula Health Plan, 853 W. Washington St., Marquette.
    • St. Ignace: Oct. 22 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm, St. Ignace Public Library, 110 W. Spruce Street, St. Ignace.
    • Roscommon: Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, 104 Conservation Dr., Roscommon.
    • Detroit No. 1: Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Cadillac Place, Conference Room L-150, 3044 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit.
    • Detroit No. 2: Oct. 30  from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Cadillac Place, Conference Room L-150, 3044 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit.
    • Flint: Oct. 31 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Genesee County Community Action Resource Department (GCCARD), 601 N. Saginaw St., Flint.
    • Saginaw: To be announced.
    • Waterford: Nov. 4 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Oakland Schools Conference Center, 2111 Pontiac Lake Rd., Waterford.
    • Jackson: Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Center for Family Health, 505 N. Jackson St., Jackson.
    • Kalamazoo: Nov. 5 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Family Health Center, 505 E. Alcott, Kalamazoo.
    • Grand Rapids: Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Eberhard Conference Center, Grand Valley State University, 301 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids.
    • Muskegon: Nov. 6 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Stevenson Room, Muskegon Community College, 211 Quarterline Rd., Muskegon.
    • Dearborn: To be announced.

    DHHS encourages people to register for the forums online here and clicking the Changes Coming in 2020 tab. DHHS also issued proposed policies to implement the new work requirements for public comment through Nov. 6.

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    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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