Michigan Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to Michigan.



Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division

State Fair Employment Agency
Michigan Department of Civil Rights

Vocational Rehabilitation

More Employment Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion


State Medicaid Program for In-Home Care
Home Help Program

Premium Assistance Program

State Children's Health Insurance Program
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, MIChild

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family

More Health Insurance Resources

Health Care Programs & Laws

Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Sharing Medical Information with Family & Friends

Hill Burton Federally-Funded Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Community Clinics

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP)


Local transit systems may provide free or discounted rates for low-income individuals and families. Some cities also offer bus passes, vouchers for taxi or ride-sharing services, or shuttle services for patients traveling to cancer treatments.

Dial 211 for assistance.

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Unemployment Insurance Agency

Agency: Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

Information and filing available here.  Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. Payments are available via direct deposit or debit card. A comprehensive guidebook is available here. Video tutorials on how to apply are available here. Frequently asked questions are answered here. Resources for job searches are available on the main website. Claimants may be required to keep job search records. There is a program available to use LinkedIn as a way to track a claimant’s job search. Customer service can be reached at: 1-866-500-0017; TTY 1-866-366-0004.

Updates related to Michigan unemployment benefits and Covid-19

State Clinical Trials Law

The Michigan Consensus Agreement: (A unique coalition of patient advocate groups, employers, insurance companies, and the representation of health care providers of clinical trials from both the academic and community outpatient setting got together to agree on clinical trials. In a precedent-setting agreement, all 25 members of the Michigan Association of Health Plans agreed to work to increase participation in select cancer-related clinical trials by making payment for services within this context predictable. All member health plans stated a willingness to provide coverage for the routine care costs of patient participation in approved clinical trials.) Private insurance plans, HMOs, and the state Medicaid program must provide coverage of routine patient care costs associated with Phase II or III cancer clinical trials, as well as the costs of paying for any side effects resulting from the investigational treatment. To qualify for coverage, the studies must be sponsored or approved by: (1) NIH, (2) NCI, (3) U.S. F.D.A., (4) U.S. Dept. of Defense, (5) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, (6) CMS, or (7) CDC.

(Current 6/2011)

Note: this isn’t a statutory law, but an agreement between members of the group.

State Leave Laws

Paid Family Leave

Michigan does not have statewide paid family medical leave.

Paid Sick Leave

Michigan passed the Paid Medical Leave Act, which became effective March 29, 2019. The Act requires employers with more than 50 employees to allow employees to accrue paid sick leave up to 40 hours per year. Earned paid leave can be carried over, but employers can limit the amount of paid leave used to 40 hours a year. For more information on the Paid Medical Leave Act, see this FAQ.

For more information about leave laws in each state, see our chart on taking time off from work.