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On March 4, 2020, a federal judge ruled that approval of the HMP work requirements was unlawful. It is MDHHS’ responsibility to follow the federal judge’s ruling. This ruling stopped MDHHS’ implementation and enforcement of the work rules.
This means HMP participants are no longer required to report work, school or other activities to maintain HMP health care coverage. This change is effective immediately.
MDHHS is notifying individuals of the change online, by mail, and by phone. MDHHS will mail letters (B 20-04) to active HMP beneficiaries throughout the month of March 2020. It is possible work requirements could be restarted because of a future court decision. MDHHS will notify stakeholders if this happens.
Health plans, providers, and other community partners who may be utilizing HMP work requirements-related materials that were previously issued by MDHHS should remove these documents from circulation.
- Beneficiaries with questions should contact the Beneficiary Help Line at 1-800-642-3195 (TTY: 1-866-501-5656).
- Providers and community partners with questions can email HealthyMichiganPlan@michigan.gov.
What other changes are being made to the Healthy Michigan Plan?
Some beneficiaries who have had HMP health care coverage for at least 48 months will have to make new HMP premium payments on time and do a yearly HMP Health Risk Assessment (HRA) to keep their health care coverage. HMP beneficiaries are not currently required to meet these requirements. Beneficiaries will receive more information from MDHHS before these changes are made.
Things HMP beneficiaries can do before these changes happen:
- Get to know their HMP costs. Health plan members should read their HMP statements carefully and make any payments timely. They should also tell MDHHS when something changes that could affect the payment amount, like changes in income or family size.
- Do a healthy behavior every year. Health plan members should schedule a check-up with their doctor every year and talk about different healthy behavior choices that may work for them, like getting a flu shot or getting screened for cancer. They should also complete a Health Risk Assessment.