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2018 Senate Bill 897: Impose work requirement on able-bodied Medicaid recipients
Introduced by Sen. Mike Shirkey (R) on March 8, 2018
To require the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to petition the federal government for a “waiver” that would allow the state to impose work, job-training or community service requirement as a condition of able-bodied individuals accepting Medicaid health coverage benefits. The bill would also require beneficiaries to verify family income on a quarterly basis, and impose similar requirements on food stamp recipients. See also House Bills 5317 and 5590.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committee on March 8, 2018
Reported in the Senate on April 19, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered in the Senate on April 19, 2018
To permit Department of Health and Human Services officials to add more conditions on Medicaid benefits for able-bodied adults.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on April 19, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on April 19, 2018
To reduce the require hours of weekly work from 29 to 20.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the Senate on April 19, 2018
Amendment offered by Sen. Vincent Gregory (D) on April 19, 2018
To exempt veterans from Medicaid work requirements.
The amendment failed 16 to 21 in the Senate on April 19, 2018.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on April 19, 2018
To raise the exception for parents of children under age six to children under age 13.
The amendment failed 13 to 24 in the Senate on April 19, 2018.
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Amendment offered by Sen. David Knezek (D) on April 19, 2018
To exempt beneficiaries who are unemployed due to a having a seasonal job that has ended.
The amendment failed 13 to 24 in the Senate on April 19, 2018.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Ananich (D) on April 19, 2018
To revise a temporary exception for able-bodied Medicaid beneficiaries who experience a divorce or domestic violence to include miscarriage or other pregnancy complications.
The amendment failed 15 to 22 in the Senate on April 19, 2018.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Rebekah Warren (D) on April 19, 2018
To require state officials to hire a research institution to do a cost benefit study on the cost of imposing work requirement versus the amount of money it saves the state.
The amendment failed 12 to 25 in the Senate on April 19, 2018.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D) on April 19, 2018
To require legislators to attend at least 29 hours a week when the legislature is in session.
The amendment failed 15 to 22 in the Senate on April 19, 2018.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Steve Bieda (D) on April 19, 2018
To exempt beneficiaries are the caretaker for a elderly or frail person over age 65.
The amendment failed 17 to 20 in the Senate on April 19, 2018.
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Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate on April 19, 2018.
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To require state welfare officials to seek a federal “waiver” that would allow requiring able-bodied recipients of Medicaid health coverage to work at least 29 hours a week, or be in school, job-training or volunteer work. The bill authorizes exceptions for a parent with children under age six, individuals getting disability benefits, a disabled person's caretaker, and more, including temporary emergencies and "life-changing events." It would also require beneficiaries to verify compliance each month and verify family income changes within 10 days, and impose similar requirements on food stamp recipients.
Received in the House on April 19, 2018
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on April 19, 2018

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