Dear Governor Snyder,
Please protect the health care that lifts up Michigan families and economy by vetoing Senate Bill 897, which would enforce harmful and unnecessary work requirements on Medicaid recipients.
Legislation like this goes against 50 years and nine presidencies of bipartisan support for the vital Medicaid program. This move could complicate and even eliminate life-saving healthcare for Michiganders on Medicaid, especially the 675,000-plus that are enrolled in the state’s Medicaid expansion program for residents with low incomes, the Healthy Michigan Plan. This would put at risk parents, caretakers, and low-income individuals.
Imposing unnecessary and unhelpful barriers to vital health care only sets our families and economy back. This would disproportionately affect low-income families who are just trying to get by and pull themselves out of poverty. No one should be punished for caring for a loved one, being unemployed, going to school, or having an irregular work schedule that prevents them from working more than a certain amount of hours a week. Our children will be affected as well as our economy.
Instead we should be funding job creation and training programs, raising wages, ensuring high-quality, affordable childcare, and passing paid family and medical leave so we can care for ourselves and our loved ones when they need us most and strengthening health care programs so all Michiganders can live to their fullest potential.
Stand with me and protect the healthcare of millions of Michiganders by vetoing and speaking out against Medicaid work requirements!