On January 11th, federal health officials gave the go-ahead for states to experiment with new work requirements in the Medicaid program through Section 1115 demonstrations. This change represents a dramatic shift in federal policy for the 50-year-old Medi...

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In a nutshell: Michigan began moving individuals who failed to complete a Health Risk Assessment off of the Healthy Michigan Plan—Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act—and into marketplace health plans. These commercial heal...

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In a nutshell: Michigan is proposing to add a work requirement to the eligibility criteria for the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s 2014 expansion of Medicaid. Following criticisms of the original proposal from groups like the Citizens Research Council...

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Public health is an important yet misunderstood concept Michigan lags other states in public health investment Michigan is less healthy than other states and faces numerous ongoing threats to health and safety Everyone has a public policy issue they beli...

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Health is affected by numerous social and physical factors in an individual’s community, not just genetics and access to health care. Access to fresh food, perceptions of safety and well-being, aesthetic and artistic factors, and trust and social suppor...

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In a Nutshell: Michigan would establish a relatively low tax rate on marijuana under Proposal 1. Unlike the majority of other states, Michigan would not invest this new revenue in public health, data collection, substance abuse treatment, mental health se...

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