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Questionnaire NameMississippi Medicaid Workforce Training Initiative
DescriptionMississippi requests a new five-year section 1115 demonstration to implement workforce training requirements for Medicaid-eligible non-disabled adults, including low-income parents and caretakers and individuals eligible for transitional medical assistance. Mississippi's stated goal for this demonstration is to provide Medicaid members with tools to improve certain areas of their lives that have a direct impact on their health status. The federal comment period will be open from January 23, 2018 through February 22, 2018.
Response FromID: #312705 on Jan 23rd 2018 3:33 pm
Mississippi Medicaid Workforce Training Initiative

Mississippi Medicaid Workforce Training Initiative

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 – 1/23/18 – 2/22/18

Please provide your comments here and/or attach below:

1) Medicaid work requirements have often proven to be unnecessary and counterproductive. Most adult medicaid enrollees who can work already do. In fact, Medicaid already helps enrollees gain and maintain employment.

2) Studies on other benefit programs that have work requirements such as TANF have shown little or no impact on long-term employment.

3) The up front costs for the new administrative processes are an inefficient use of federal and state funds.

4) Medicaid work requirements will drive up the rate of uninsured Mississippians, which will ultimately result in increased health care costs for everyone.

5) Most Mississippi counties have very high unemployment rates and 50 out of Mississippi’s 82 counties are labor surplus areas, proving jobs are not readily available in Mississippi.
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