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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Time to Speak Up for Kentucky: 1115 Waiver Back At CMS for Comment

Federal administrators are hoping to re-approve Kentucky’s Medicaid 1115 waiver, Kentucky HEALTH, after it was recently blocked in federal court. In response to the court ruling, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is once again collecting comments on the waiver. This is an enormous opportunity for advocates to weigh in.

Comments Matter and Can Influence Approvals, Court Decisions

The court relied heavily and explicitly on federal comments in its June 29th ruling on the Kentucky HEALTH waiver, in which the judge criticized federal administrators for ignoring public comments in their decision to approve the waiver.

Comments on Kentucky’s waiver are more important than ever, and administrators need to hear from stakeholders both in Kentucky and from across the country. The waiver’s re-approval would add numerous regulations and roadblocks to the state’s Medicaid program, including work requirements and other barriers to coverage and care. It would also set dangerous precedents for other states that are implementing or even considering similar waivers. View our 50-state Medicaid waiver map.

We’ve seen just how big a difference these comments can make, and now is time to speak up.

Families USA has developed comment guidance to help advocates frame their input on Kentucky’s waiver proposal in light of the court decision. The new 30-day federal comment period runs from July 19th through August 18th.

Submit your comments on Kentucky HEALTH at Medicaid.gov.