The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued a directive that will preclude any Medicaid client from being involuntarily cut off from benefits for any reason other than death or moving out of State. The directive is effective immediately and continues until further notice. This directive will be a significant relief to clients who, for instance, are left without the ability to complete annual redeterminations. Facilities and providers who are relying on Medicaid benefits to provide services during this crisis should likewise be relieved.
The directive is labeled as Memorandum 2020-12 from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Economic Stability Administration. It says:
Effective today 03/19/2020, Medicaid cases (including HMP) must not be closed unless the client requests such closure (verbal or written), death, or the client moves out of state. DO NOT certify any Medicaid/HMP closures until further notice. This includes NOT marking any Medicaid EDGs for closure due to negative action.
A longer-term solution is being investigated and updates will be shared.