Michigan Legislature OKs changes to Healthy Michigan Plan rules

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LANSING, MI (AP) -- Michigan's Legislature has approved a bill that would exempt some Healthy Michigan Plan recipients from having to meet monthly reporting rules if the state can verify their compliance with work requirements through other data.

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign the measure that won final passage from the Republican-led Senate Wednesday.

Starting in January, abled-bodied adults ages 19 through 61 who are enrolled in Michigan's Healthy Michigan Plan and want to maintain their benefit must, on a monthly basis, show workforce engagement averaging 80 hours a month.

The work requirements do not apply to traditional Medicaid enrollees.

People would have a month to verify their compliance, instead of 10 days under existing law. There also would be a grace period for those who miss the deadline.

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