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Questionnaire NameMississippi Medicaid Workforce Training Initiative - Updated
DescriptionOn January 16, 2018, Mississippi submitted a request for a new demonstration to implement workforce training requirements for Medicaid-eligible non-disabled adults, including low-income parents/caretakers and individuals eligible for Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA). Mississippi's goal is to provide individuals with tools to improve certain areas of their lives that have a direct impact on their health status. The initial 30-day federal public comment period (January 23, 2018 - February 22, 2018) did not include the state's proposal to provide an additional 12 months of coverage for individuals who continue to participate in community engagement activities after their 12 months of TMA has ended, and would otherwise lose Medicaid eligibility. CMS is providing a second federal public comment period for the supplemental application materials submitted as part of the state's new proposal. The second federal public comment period will be open from July 19, 2018 - August 18, 2018.
Response FromID: #346721 on Aug 14th 2018 2:22 pm
Mississippi Medicaid Workforce Training Initiative - Updated

Mississippi Medicaid Workforce Training Initiative - Updated

We encourage the public to submit their comments on as they relate to demonstrations open for public comments. In support of transparency and open government, all public comments received are immediately posted and are in the public domain. Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services staff will review all public comments posted and we reserve the discretion to delete comments that are generally understood as any of the following: obscene, profane, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate.

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Open for Public Comment – 7/19/18 – 8/18/18

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I am most concerned about how Mississippi's Medicaid 1115b waiver request will negatively impact Mississippians with Chronic Diseases. I am strongly opposed to the Mississippi Division of Medicaid’s Workforce Training Initiative 1115 Medicaid Waiver Demonstration Application. This proposal jeopardizes the health and wellbeing of thousands of people in our state because it proposes to take away health coverage from individuals who don’t meet rigid work requirements. Many individuals with chronic or disabling medical conditions may not meet the qualifications to be exempt from the work requirement, and therefore are at risk of losing their health coverage.

In the first year alone, this proposed requirement could cause an immediate loss of health coverage for almost 5,000 vulnerable Mississippians. When people lose coverage, they are at greater risk for developing diseases that can lead to disability and death.

Mississippi already has some of the nation’s worst rankings for health outcomes for residents of all ages. Adding a work requirement would only exacerbate this issue, leaving thousands more Mississippians without health care.
I have MS and live in MS. Not only will this effect me and my health as I am not currently on disability, but the care of my roommate (one way I save money is by sharing my house) who also suffers from a chronic disorder and is also not on disability will suffer. By asking us to work a minimum of 20 hours a week or ANY minimum you are sealing our fate to die earlier and live in more pain thus expediting our using disability.

L.J. Kerr
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