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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: #364189 on Aug 18th 2018 4:57 pm
Mississippi Medicaid Workforce Training Initiative - Updated

Mississippi Medicaid Workforce Training Initiative - Updated

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 – 7/19/18 – 8/18/18

Please provide your comments here and/or attach below:

I am deeply concerned about the Mississippi Division of Medicaid’s Medicaid Workforce Training Initiative 1115 Demonstration Waiver Application, which proposes to take away health coverage from individuals who don’t meet rigid work requirements.

In our state, Medicaid provides health coverage for thousands of low-income families. The proposed waiver would mean these families would lose healthcare coverage, which is potentially disastrous for their physical and economic well-being. Under the initiative, parents and caregivers will unfairly have to choose between caring for their loved ones and losing coverage or foregoing their caregiving responsibilities to maintain coverage for themselves and their families.

Access to Medicaid safeguards against excessive medical debt—or potential bankruptcy—for parents living at or below the poverty level, and helps to ensure families are able to receive the proper medical attention when their lives may depend on it.

Not only does this waiver jeopardize the economic outlook for families who already struggle financially, but it would also increase the already staggering health disparities in Mississippi.

The bottom line is, work requirements create an unnecessary barrier to health coverage and do not work for our community or any other place in our state.

On behalf of the Mississippi Public Health Association representing over 600 public health professionals, I do not believe this waiver/policy is in the best interest of families, hospitals and other medical providers. People will lose their health coverage if the are unable to meet minimum work standards and also if they are able to find full time minimum wage work... which is a realistic scenario. This policy will ultimately impact preventive health care access as well as hospitals and providers who will ultimately be required to see many more patients without adequate payment/coverage. This is not family friendly policy and will not result in improving the health of Mississippians which should be the goal.

C. Daughdrill
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