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Snyder sends in waiver to require Healthy Michigan recipients work for benefits


LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder has submitted a waiver to require people on Healthy Michigan to work for their health insurance benefits. 

Last June, the governor signed a law that required able-bodied people who don’t meet an exemption to work or go to school for 80 hours per month to receive benefits.

But in order to make this change, the federal government has to approve the waiver – and Snyder says he got the paperwork in early. When he signed the law, Snyder said it was necessary to keep Healthy Michigan going.  

Lynn Sutfin is with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She says Healthy Michigan has, throughout its lifetime, allowed a million people to have healthcare.

“So it’s allowed them to have primary care visits, it’s allowed them to address healthcare issues that they have, so it is obviously a very important program,” she says.

If the federal government doesn’t approve the waiver, Healthy Michigan will be over.