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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: #364197 on Aug 18th 2018 4:58 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 grateful for the opportunity to comment on 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.

The proposed Medicaid Workforce Training Initiatives unfairly targets low-income mothers and children who are among the primary beneficiaries of Medicaid in our state. Under the initiative, mothers will have to choose between caring for their children and losing their health coverage, or paying for expensive childcare in order to work and maintain their coverage.

Many single mothers in our state who rely on Medicaid live on less than $500 a month. One medical emergency could lead to food insecurity or homelessness, which is a catastrophic consequence for a family struggling to make ends meet. Even seemingly routine visits to the doctor for minor illnesses could result in overwhelming debt for mothers, effectively decreasing their ability to move out of poverty.

Medicaid currently works for so many of Mississippi’s mothers and children, but the proposal to take health coverage away from parents who can’t meet work requirements would be detrimental to these families by placing an unreasonably heavy burden on parents who are simply seeking to access proper health care for their children.

Many people cannot help the fact that a) they are poor and b) there are no jobs. But people still need to eat and access health care. Do we want children and families dying in the street? To tie healthcare to employment, and then state that very employment is making them too rich to get it seems spectacularly punitive.

E. Watts
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