Staying covered: Healthy Michigan Plan

You may have heard about some changes coming to the Healthy Michigan Plan starting Jan. 1, 2020. Starting Jan. 1, Healthy Michigan Plan members will have to meet new work requirements in order to keep their coverage.

What this means for you

Work Requirements

Healthy Michigan Plan members ages 19 to 62 years old will have to complete and report 80 hours of work or qualifying activity per month. Working at a job is one way to meet the requirement, but it isn’t the only way. Activities that meet the work requirement include:

  • Working a job
  • Going to school
  • Participating in job training
  • Completing job search activities
  • Participating in a tribal employment program
  • Participating in unpaid workforce engagement directly related to employment (like an internship)
  • Participating in substance abuse disorder treatment
  • Participating in community service with a nonprofit organization (can only be used for three months in a 12 month period)

How to get an exemption

Some Healthy Michigan Plan members may qualify for an exemption from the work requirements. The following people may qualify for exemptions:

  • Pregnant women
  • Primary caregivers of a family member who is under 6 years of age (limited to one caregiver per household)
  • Caretakers of a dependent with a disability who needs full-time care
  • Caretakers of an incapacitated individual even if the incapacitated individual is not a dependent of the caretaker
  • Beneficiaries considered medically frail
  • Beneficiaries diagnosed with an acute medical condition that would prevent them from complying with the requirements
  • Beneficiaries who have been incarcerated within the past six months
  • Beneficiaries currently receiving unemployment benefits from the state
  • Beneficiaries under 21 years of age who have previously been in foster care placement in Michigan
  • Full-time students
  • Individuals who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

How to file for an exemption

Before Jan. 31, 2020:

Fill out the exemption form you received in the mail from MDHHS. It was included with a letter that looks like this. Once you’ve filled it out, mail it to MDHHS using this address:

MDHHS Special Processing Office
Suite 1405
PO Box 30800
Lansing, MI 48909
Or fax to: 517.432.6079

The paper exemption form can be used until Jan. 31, 2020.

Beginning Feb. 1, 2020:

  • Log in to your account on MI Bridges and fill out an online form to file for an exemption.
  • Call 833.895.4355 (TTY users: 866.501.5656) to file for an exemption over the phone.

Reporting work hours

There are multiple ways to report your work hours if you don't qualify for an exemption.

  • In person. There will be kiosks in MDHHS field offices (only the head of household can use this method). Find your nearest MDHHS field office.
  • Online. Use the MI Bridges website (only the head of household can use this method).
  • By phone. You can report work using the Healthy Michigan Plan Work Requirement and Exemption Reporting line at 833.895.4355 (TTY users: 866.501.5656).
  • Through the application and redetermination process (benefit renewal).

Other changes coming to the Healthy Michigan Plan in 2020

Beginning in Oct. 2020, Healthy Michigan Plan members will have to meet new healthy behavior and premium requirements. If you are affected by this, MDHHS and Priority Health will send you more information when it’s available.