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Whitmer OKs Medicaid Reporting Changes, Rips Lack of Funding

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the Legislature hasn't provided funding to implement new reporting requirements for Medicaid. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the Legislature hasn't provided funding to implement new reporting requirements for Medicaid. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Created: September 23, 2019 10:30 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed changes to reporting requirements for people who will have to meet work-related requirements to qualify for Medicaid coverage.

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But she's accusing the Republican-led Legislature of not allocating $10 million she requested to implement the rules, which will take effect in January.

Whitmer on Monday signed a law exempting some enrollees in the state's Medicaid expansion program - Healthy Michigan - from having to meet monthly reporting rules if the state can verify their compliance with work requirements through other data.

People would have a month to verify their compliance, instead of 10 days under existing law.

The Democratic governor, who opposes the work requirements, says lawmakers should automatically suspend the rules if data in early 2020 show significant numbers of Michiganders will lose coverage.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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