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Court Vacates Mich. Medicaid Work Requirements

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements as a condition of eligibility in their Healthy Michigan Plan Section 1115 demonstration waiver. The Healthy Michigan plan was approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2019 and went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

This decision is the latest of several court cases invalidating work requirements policies in Medicaid. Most recently, a federal appeals court affirmed a lower court’s decision to strike down the requirement in Arkansas. Now, Utah is the only state with an approved work requirement waiver in effect.

It is unknown at this time if Michigan or the Department of Health and Human Services will appeal the decision.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Gontscharow is a senior policy analyst for America's Essential Hospitals.

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