On Thursday morning it was announced that the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the state’s waiver to the Healthy Michigan Program. Under the program, the eligibility to receive Medicaid was expanded to include those with an income between 100%-133% of the poverty level, something allowed under the Federal Affordable Care Act. However, Michigan placed several personal responsibility measures into the program for the expanded population, something which needed a federal waiver. “The approval of the Healthy Michigan Program waiver by the federal government means that roughly 600,000 Michigan residents will continue to receive Medicaid under the expanded eligibility requirements. The approval was necessary under the state law passed in 2013 and without the waiver the state would have faced several problems,” explained Cami Pendell of MLC. Beginning April 1, 2018, Michigan Medicaid participants that fall within the expanded population must work with their physician on strategies to lose weight, quit smoking, or adopt other healthy behaviors. In addition, those utilizing the federal marketplace option of the program will have to pay premiums. For more information, please visit http://michigan.gov/healthymiplan.
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