Whitmer: Legislature should help pause Medicaid work rules


LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she wants to pause implementation of planned work requirements for enrollees in the state’s Medicaid expansion program but can’t do so unless the Republican-led Legislature agrees.

“Every Michigander deserves access to quality, affordable health care,” said Governor Whitmer. “Since the Trump administration has cut funding for the ACA enrollment promotion by nearly 90 percent, we must do everything we can to ensure that everyone knows what options are available to them to get covered.”

Indiana has suspended enforcement of its work rules until a lawsuit is resolved. Michigan now is facing a similar suit.

Whitmer, a Democrat, said Monday that lawmakers should work with her on suspending the requirements that take effect Jan. 1. She says it’s “the most reasonable thing to do” because otherwise people will lose coverage.

Her administration will announce some actions related to the work rules in coming days.

Whitmer and Democratic U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin held an event in Lansing Monday to encourage people to enroll for insurance under the federal health law. Enrollment ends Dec. 15.

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