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Whitmer cheers Medicaid work ruling

Gretchen Whitmer
Gov. Whimter's office


A federal court has struck down Michigan’s requirement that adults enrolled in the Healthy Michigan plan must be working or in school.
                Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans are at odds on what to do next.

The court said the Medicaid expansion is to ensure health care for low-income people, not a jobs program.
                The state was about to send notices next week to 80 thousand people that their benefits are at risk. Governor Whitmer says she’ll be glad not to send them.

“And I’m grateful that a decision came in such a timely way so that we haven’t created a lot of unnecessary anxiety and waste of taxpayer dollars.”

But Republicans say Whitmer should not move too quickly to un-do the work requirement.
                State Senator Peter MacGregor chairs the Senate human services budget subcommittee.

“It’s alright to put it in neutral. I just wouldn’t put it in reverse.”

McGregor says the decision will probably be appealed and wants to wait until for a ruling from the US Supreme Court.