The Primary Election is Over: Let’s Talk about Public Health

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...

Medicaid work requirements are meant to promote initiative, but can imperil health

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...

Assessing Health Risks is a Good Start. Now Let’s Get Serious and Do Something About Them.

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...

Work Requirements Don’t Work, but Medicaid Beneficiaries Do

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...