Gov. Rick Snyder: Healthy Michigan Plan Continues as State Receives Second Waiver
Thursday, December 17, 2015
On December 17, 2015, Governor Rick Snyder announced the Healthy Michigan Plan will continue for nearly 600,000 residents after the state obtained waiver approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Healthy Michigan Plan, launched April 1, 2014, extends health care coverage to eligible residents with incomes equal to up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. Approval of the second waiver was required by state law before Dec. 31, 2015, for the program to continue.
“The Healthy Michigan Plan has provided Michiganders with the opportunity to improve their health and wellness by enrolling in health care coverage,” Snyder said. “I’m proud of this program, our residents, and Michigan’s continued leadership in health care innovation. I appreciate the work of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and thank it for its partnership and approval of our unique approach to keep Michigan moving forward.”
Starting April 1, 2018, Healthy Michigan Plan participants with incomes between 100 and 133 percent of the federal poverty level must work with their physician on strategies to lose weight, quit smoking or adopt other healthy behaviors. If they choose not to do this, they must obtain health insurance through the federal exchange.
Source: State of Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder