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Stateside: Medicaid work requirements study; Big 3 paradigm shift; running the Detroit “numbers”

Feb 7, 2019

Today on Stateside, new work requirements for Michigan Medicaid recipients are set to go into effect in 2020. A new study out of Arkansas gives an idea of the potential consequences for healthcare coverage in the state. Plus, the challenges that first-generation and minority students face in college, and a Grand Rapids program that wants to help them get “to and through” college.

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What will Medicaid work requirements mean for Michigan? Arkansas study reveals potential pitfalls.

  • Beginning in 2020, tens of thousands of Michiganders who rely on Medicaid for their health insurance will have to comply with certain work requirements or lose their benefits. A new study suggests that could result in up to 183,000 people losing their healthcare coverage.
  • April Grady is a director with Manatt Health, the consulting and legal healthcare group of Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP,  and she co-authored that report, which looks at how similar laws have played out in Arkansas. Grady breaks down the impact Medicaid work requirements had on healthcare coverage in Arkansas, and explains what she says Michigan lawmakers should take away from the study’s findings. 

Grand Rapids program aims to help first-generation and minority students get “to and through” college

  • First-generation and minority college students face unique challenges, particularly if they don’t have anyone familiar with the ins and outs of higher education to call on for advice. But the T2C Studio: Grand Rapids Center for College Success is offering students that very guidance to help them get "to and through" college.
  • Shayla Willis is the T2C Studio coordinator, and Cindy Gonzalez is a Michigan State University student and volunteer who uses T2C’s services. They discuss some of the major challenges faced by first-generation students before and after they arrive on campus, and what other communities can learn from the program’s approach to supporting these students.

Howes: GM layoffs in a strong economy mark a paradigm shift for the Big 3

  • After General Motors laid off 15 percent of its salaried workers and announced the probable closure of 5 North American plants, Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes says that the auto industry is “facing its biggest change since Henry Ford’s Model T rolled off the moving assembly line.” He shares how he thinks the United Automobile Workers (UAW) union should respond to this transition, and to the reality of looming competition with Silicon Valley for the Big 3.

Author remembers ups and downs of 1960s Detroit childhood with a mom who ran “the numbers”

  • Bridgett Davis is an author, screenwriter, and professor of creative writing at Baruch College of the City University of New York. She’s also the daughter of Fannie Davis, a famous “numbers runner” for the underground lottery business in Detroit. Her new memoir is titled The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers.
  • Davis joined Stateside to talk about the economic opportunity offered to African-Americans by the illegal enterprise of running numbers, what her mother’s job entailed, and how she kept a “strict moral compass” when dealing with her customers.

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