The Michigan Senate version of the Department of Health and Human Services budget for the Fiscal Year ’19 could have major implications on Healthy Michigan recipients who have been on the program for four years.

The state now  keeps individuals on Healthy Michigan if they show they have adopted a healthy behavior, but the Senate provision would end Healthy Michigan participation for any person who had been with the program for four years and had an income of at least 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

If adopted into the final 2018-19 budget, this provision will affect 10,000 people initially. However, the early estimates are that about 110,000 people on Healthy Michigan who have incomes of more than 100 percent of the federal poverty level, so the total population affected will grow over time. The budget provision passed in the Senate last week and now heads to the House.

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