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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: #399645 on Jan 25th 2019 11:34 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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The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) have attempted to justify allowing these waivers by citing data indicating that people with jobs have better health outcomes than those without jobs. This is disingenuous, as it assumes that working makes people healthier, when in fact those who are healthy are more likely to be able to work. In fact, a study cited by CMS in its new guidance on work requirements stated that “interventions which simply force claimants off benefits are more likely to harm their health and well-being.”
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