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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: #310437 on Aug 23rd 2017 5:44 pm
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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These changes would not work for me because my daughter is disabled as she was born 15 weeks early. She suffers from Epilepsy, Behavioral issues, and is being evaluated for a mood disorder, as a neuropsych evaluation has been requested. She is homeschooled as she also suffers from anxiety and is currently receiving HCT and we are working on getting her separation anxiety, specifically, under control so that I can be away from her. At this time, it is not possible for me to work 20 hours. I go to school year-round, online, full time, and will graduate in May of 2019. Again, I cannot possibly work 20 hours. If I were to find work for 20 hours, the level of care my daughter requires would take up my entire paycheck and set her therapy back, needlessly. Not everyone on Medicaid is trying to take advantage of the system. My daughter and I certainly are not. I simply want to finish my degree, and be able to provide for my daughter, with a high paying job and get her the help necessary for her conditions. As a single parent, I cannot homeschool her, go to school myself, work 20 hours, participate in her therapy, and function myself, as I have fibromyalgia as well. I have not and will not look into that as a disability as many do. I am working closely with my doctor to prevent future flare-ups. I have adopted a vegan diet on his recommendation, I have started a mild exercise program, and am following his orders as closely as possible to avoid any further complications. Things are manageable right now. If I am forced to work 20 hours a week on top of everything else, they will go downhill quickly, and probably one of the first things to happen is that I will lose sleep in order to get everything done, which will just cause more problems, and it is more likely that I will suffer from a flare. It is my doctor's belief that sleep is the most important part of managing my symptoms, with diet and exercise coming in second. I feel much better after tackling these three things, and that I'm on the right path. The worst thing to do, right now, would be to send me to work for 20 hours.

The premiums are also of concern. We live on a fixed income. My daughter gets SSI, which pays for some bills, and I get a stipend from school loans, but I do have to pay that back. My school loans will be maxed out at the end of 2018, leaving me with an amount to pay, so I have to save everything I can from now until then in order to finish my last six classes.
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