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Questionnaire NameMaineCare
DescriptionMaine is requesting to implement work requirements as a condition of eligibility, monthly premiums for specific populations, and requiring co-pays for certain procedures that qualify as non-emergency usage of emergency rooms. In addition, Maine proposes to use asset tests in eligibility determinations and applying a transfer penalty to Medicaid-compliant annuities. Finally, Maine proposes to terminate the hospital presumptive eligibility policy option and providing initial non-long-term retroactive eligibility. The federal public comment period will be open from August 17, 2017 through September 16, 2017.
Response FromID: #310385 on Aug 22nd 2017 11:41 am
MaineCare

MaineCare

We encourage the public to submit their comments on Medicaid.gov 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 – 8/17/17 – 9/16/17

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I object to some of the work requirements, specifically to parents of children over the age of 6, even if a child has a profound disability that requires ongoing care. MaineCare will not provide assistance with child care or transportation, which may mean that many parents of young children will lose their insurance coverage because they cannot afford child care. Also, work requirements are unlikely to reduce the number of people who need MaineCare because those who work often have no employer-provided health insurance. These work requirements do create substantial additional administrative costs to the state. Furthermore, I suspect that many of the individuals who would be impacted by the proposed changes probably are not even aware of them and might not have the opportunity to submit their comments on this website: (no access to computers, no internet access, etc.). This is just one more attempt by Governor LePage to put the squeeze on the poor people of Maine! Stop him, please.
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