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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: #367801 on Aug 18th 2018 10:59 pm
Kentucky HEALTH - Application and CMS STCs

Kentucky HEALTH - Application and CMS STCs

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

Please provide your comments here and/or attach below:

I strongly urge you to deny Kentucky’s 1115 waiver application. I’m deeply concerned that adding work requirements for Medicaid enrollees will threaten the lives of blood cancer patients by introducing another barrier to treatment. Medicaid reporting requirements could lead to serious gaps in coverage for blood cancer patients, for whom a disruption in care can lead to their illness relapsing or worsening.

This policy would set a dangerous precedent nationwide and jeopardize coverage for patients in Kentucky and beyond, and does not align with Medicaid’s core objective of providing coverage.
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