Senator Robertson talks about bill requiring work for Medicaid
MICHIGAN – You may have heard about new legislation that would make it harder for some low-income Michiganders to get Medicaid.
Sunday, we heard from one of the bill's supporters.
Last week, senate bill 897 was voted on and passed.
It will require some Medicaid users to work 29 hours per week, in order to get benefits.
We had a phone interview with Senator Dave Robertson who represents parts of Genesee County who co-sponsored the bill.
Some advocates say the legislation punishes families for being poor.
Here's Senator Robertson's response to that.
"I don’t agree with that at all. the fact of the matter it is an entirely reasonable thing to ask for work requirements from able bodied individuals. the business community has jobs available and is actively seeking people for work so I do believe the jobs will be there yes," said Robertson.
There are some exceptions such as being pregnant.
Advocates say the bill would affect families who rely on generational support.
For example: a grandmother who watches her grandchildren a few days a week so the parents can work, that grandmother would lose their benefits.
Senator Robertson says he expects the bill to be voted on in a matter of days or weeks.
It still needs to pass the full senate and the house.