State seeks tweaks to Medicaid transformation proposal

07/03/2017 11:33 AM

The Bevin administration is proposing additional tweaks to their proposed Medicaid waiver program, Kentucky HEALTH.

In a letter sent to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Bevin administration asks CMS for their additional consideration of the 1115 Medicaid application and tweaks. The original application to transition Medicaid was submitted in August of 2016.

Among the changes asked for in a detailed in a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services include:


“Since its inception, Kentucky HEALTH has been crafted in an open and transparent manner to create the best path forward for all Kentuckians,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson. “Over the course of many months, our team of dedicated state employees has worked tirelessly to plan for the successful implementation of Kentucky HEALTH. Thanks to their expertise and commitment to breaking down silos across government agencies, collaborating with local communities, and cutting through bureaucratic red tape, the Commonwealth has identified operational modifications that would support member success, community engagement growth, and administrative efficiency of the program.”

Glisson continued, “Although these revisions fall within the original waiver’s parameters, we will continue this commitment to transparency by accepting public comment on these operational modifications. We look forward to discussing these proposed changes with stakeholders, and continuing this collaborative process.”

Read the full operational request here.

Even though the state feels the changes don’t rise to the level of required public input the administration will hold two public hearings.

► Public Hearing 1- Friday, July 14, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EST), The Center for Rural Development, 2292 South Highway 27, Suite 300, Somerset, KY 42501

► Public Hearing 2: Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare, Monday, July 17, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EST), Kentucky Capitol Annex, 702 Capital Avenue, Room 154, Frankfort, KY 40601. Note: Public comments on the waiver will be taken upon adjournment of the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare meeting.

Nick Storm

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