Governor’s signature betrays plan he helped create

For Immediate Release
June 22, 2018

Contact:
Karen Holcomb Merrill
karenhm@milhs.org
517.242.0411

LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on SB 897, signed by Governor Rick Snyder today. It can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs.

“We are dismayed, albeit not surprised, that the governor put pen to paper today and betrayed the Healthy Michigan Plan he worked so hard to build. He also betrayed the people it serves.

That this new law puts into place work requirements for Medicaid recipients, affecting our state’s most vulnerable residents, is inexcusable enough, but at the last minute even more disturbing elements—all of them thinly-veiled punishments for people with low incomes—were added. It imposes a premium hike for folks just over the poverty line. In a so-called effort to save Healthy Michigan, the law will charge low-income earners an unprecedented 5% of their income for healthcare. We are creating poorer people with this policy, people who need that money to pay for rent, gas, food, and child care. This doesn’t make any sense.

Worst of all, the law would kill the Healthy Michigan Plan altogether, eliminating lifesaving care for 670,000 Michiganders, if the Trump administration fails to approve these changes now or in the future, or if lawsuits invalidate the waiver. It’s just appalling.”

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The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.milhs.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.