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Questionnaire NameTennCare II - Amendment 38
DescriptionTennessee proposes to amend its demonstration to add community engagement requirements as a condition of eligibility for certain individuals age 19 through 64 who are enrolled in the parent/caretaker relative eligibility group. The federal public comment period will be open from January 8, 2019 to February 7, 2019.
Response FromID: #399585 on Jan 21st 2019 11:00 am
TennCare II - Amendment 38

TennCare II - Amendment 38

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 – 1/8/19 – 2/7/19

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Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this important waiver proposal from Tennessee's Medicaid agency, TennCare. I am writing to oppose this proposal for the reasons below.

The waiver proposal which TennCare submitted to the CMS adds work requirements as a condition to receiving TennCare. The reality is, however, that TennCare is a program that 73% of its total 1.5 million members are already engaged in the work force. So I have to question why the need for this amendment.

Additionally, I have friends who struggle now to provide caregiving to family members, some of whom are elderly, while still working themselves. These proposed work requirements do not provide definitions for those who are medically frail and chronically mentally disabled. Therefore, it is unclear if my friends' family members have to "work" or not or if they may be exempt from these requirements due to the fact that they are not able to physically work as a result of their medical conditions.

I do not think that this makes either good sense or good public policy.

Thank you for your time.
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