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TennCare II - Amendment 38

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Feb 8th 2019 6:40 pm Response: #455261 I am deeply concerned about and oppose TennCare's proposed Amendment 38, which would impose work requirements on low-income parents enrolled in health coverage. While encouraging employment and community engagement may be important, this proposal as sparsely outlined in Amendment 38 has numerous problems. It would also further erode the already-limited funding for the safety net in Tennessee. For these reasons, I join the comments of the 38 state and local organizations that submitted the attached letter.
Feb 8th 2019 12:58 pm Response: #455257 There is strong evidence that access to Medicaid makes enrollees better able and likelier to work (https://news.ku.edu/2018/07/13/study-finds-medicaid-expansion-acts-employment-incentive-individuals-disabilities) and that work requirements push out people mainly because they don't know about or can't handle the reporting requirements rather than because they are failing to obtain work appropriate to their life circumstances. Work requirements are purely punitive, an excuse to deny care and financial security to mostly hard-working people desperately in need of financial protection and medical care that Medicaid provides. The requirements also plainly violate the Medicare statute. TEnnCare II Amendment 38 should be rejected.
Feb 8th 2019 12:56 pm Response: #455253 As a citizen of the State of Tennessee I am very concerned about and oppose TennCare's proposed Amendment 38, which would impose work requirements on low-income parents enrolled in health coverage. TennCare's proposal is barely outlined and has many problems. It will eviscerate the already-limited funding for the safety net in Tennessee. For these reasons, I agree with the comments of the 38 state and local organizations that submitted the attached letter.
Feb 8th 2019 9:40 am Response: #455249 This provision should not go into effect. Tennessee cannot afford to implement this rule.
Feb 8th 2019 8:35 am Response: #455245 This is an absurd waste of government money and an attempt to further marginalize and subtly kill disadvantaged citizens
Feb 8th 2019 6:25 am Response: #455241 This is unfair. Not everyone is physically able to work, volunteer, or go to school due to their situation. I work in this field, and can tell you straight up that this would never work. People with disabilities receiving TennCare services shouldn’t be forced to go volunteer (some cannot even physically do that nor do they want to). Elderly with physical restraints receiving TennCare services shouldn’t need to go get a job. This is going to effect thousands of people in a negative way and is absolutely horrible. Please don’t do this to these families- I know because I work in the field of human services and know the families effected first hand.
Feb 7th 2019 11:01 pm Response: #455233 I live with Hemophilia A Severe, a chronic disorder that can be crippling and life threatening if not treated properly or prophetically through factor replacement infusion therapy.   I see this population, especially those that contracted HIV and Hep C from tainted blood products falling through the cracks.  These are Individuals  who  are  physically  or  mentally  incapable  of  work,  and can be extremely medically frail.    I understand that will need to be proven by a medical professional?  I can see many falling through the cracks that may be trying to get ahead in life like I was or those that just are not unable to work or work but can't get medical benefits (which will lead to not working without factor replacement therapy).
Feb 7th 2019 11:01 pm Response: #455229 Shouldn't yearly reviews for those that have been on TennCare for years, and those that apply already address this?  If not, how will this help?  People should not have to feel they are being penalized for being on TennCare.  This sounds like ti would be a nightmare to manage and implement.  It is hard enough to be poor and live with a chronic condition or have a child with a chronic condition.  
Feb 7th 2019 11:01 pm Response: #455225 I am a student at Vanderbilt University which employs many dining hall workers that live in poverty. Many of them are without a job in the summer months because Vanderbilt does not guarantee them pay or a job for three months. These people should not be punished for their gap in employment.
Feb 7th 2019 10:59 pm Response: #455217 Across the state, low-income parents who have TennCare don't have to choose between putting food on the table and buying their medications. By taking health insurance away from these parents, we are putting not just them, but their families at risk. 
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