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Snyder approves Medicaid work requirement for Michigan

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Governor Rick Snyder has signed a new law that requires able-bodied adults enrolled in the Healthy Michigan insurance program to work 80 hours a month, or risk losing their benefits.

The new restrictions come five years after Governor Snyder spearheaded the effort to expand Medicaid in Michigan. Press secretary Anna Heaton says the program is one his signature successes.

“So, we know people have health care coverage. They’re using it, and actually seeing a doctor instead of going to the emergency room, which is huge for having a healthier population overall.”

Heaton says the work or school requirement should help persuade the Trump administration to continue granting the waiver that allows Healthy Michigan to operate.

Democrats opposed this in the Legislature and some advocates say the requirements will backfire, and force people off their coverage.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.