Low-Income Michiganders Sue HHS over Approval of State’s Medicaid Waiver Project

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Low-income individuals in Michigan, represented by a coalition of state and national health care advocates, sued the Trump administration challenging its approval of Michigan’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver project. The waiver project conditions Medicaid coverage on work requirements and adds barriers to accessing care, including heightened and mandatory premiums for low-income individuals and families.

The National Health Law Program, the Michigan Center for Civil Justice, and the Michigan Poverty Law Program represent the plaintiffs in the legal challenge. Legal challenges involving similar waiver projects in four other states (Kentucky, Arkansas, New Hampshire, and Indiana) are also underway.

The National Health Law Program Legal Director Jane Perkins said the HHS Secretary has taken authority he does not have. “Congress requires waivers to further Medicaid’s stated objective of furnishing medical assistance. We filed this case because the federal government, once again, has ignored these limits in its effort to fundamentally transform Medicaid and ‘explode’ the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of health coverage for the medically necessary services that low-income people need.”

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