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Questionnaire NameKentucky HEALTH - Application and CMS STCs
DescriptionIn light of the district court's decision in Stewart v. Azar, No. 18-152 (D.D.C. June 29, 2018), we are inviting additional comments on Kentucky's demonstration project "Kentucky Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health (KY HEALTH)" and its component parts, including the Kentucky HEALTH program. Although an additional public comment period is not legally required, CMS is conducting one to ensure that interested stakeholders have an opportunity to comment on the issues raised in the litigation and in the court's decision. CMS is opening the 30-day federal public comment period on (1) Kentucky's original demonstration proposal from August 24, 2016, (2) Kentucky's revised proposal from July 3, 2017, and (3) the special terms and conditions (STCs) that CMS approved on January 12, 2018. The federal public comment period will be open from July 19, 2018 through August 18, 2018.
Response FromID: #319137 on Jul 19th 2018 6:10 pm
Kentucky HEALTH - Application and CMS STCs

Kentucky HEALTH - Application and CMS STCs

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

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Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this important subject. It is very important that Medicaid beneficiaries ARE NOT subjected to work requirements. Plenty of research shows how much of a burden they can be for those on Medicaid - even harming those who are supposed to be exempt from the requirements. Work referral and job training programs are a step in the right direction but work requirements should not be a condition to accessing health care. The government should not set criteria to determine who is "worthy" of Medicaid. Work requirements simply detract from Medicaid's mission to provide health insurance to vulnerable populations.
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