To protect and promote the rights of Kentuckians with disabilities through legally based individual and systemic advocacy, and education.
Protection and Advocacy (P&A) is an independent state agency that was designated by the Governor as the protection and advocacy agency for Kentucky. P&A's staff includes professional advocates and attorneys. We are advocates working together with people who have disabilities to promote and protect their legal rights. Through our information and referral services, we try to answer questions about your rights under disability laws.
We have been asked by Commissioner Miller from the Department of Medicaid Services to try to identify all of those consumers who have been dis-enrolled or lost benefits and have not been able to regain them yet/for April.
Please circulate this NEW short survey, with any and all of your relevant professional and social media networks. It is imperative that we try to reach as many folks as possible so that benefits may be reinstated, once the system is improved, based on the information they provide.
If you know of folks without internet access to fill out the survey, please call 502-974-1504. We will be happy to complete the survey and gather their story and information by phone, at their convenience.
Thank you for your assistance in this important work!
AJ Jones, M.Ed.
Campaign Coordinator/Policy AnalystKentucky Voices for Health
The Department for Medicaid Services is aware of issues with the new benefind system, which processes all benefit programs administered by the Department for Community Based Services. It has resulted in discontinuation letters being sent in error or the system incorrectly showing an individual as ineligible. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is taking action to ensure that no individual loses benefits as a result. If a person was eligible for Medicaid benefits in March, the person will automatically be eligible for benefits in April.
The Cabinet and DCBS are working with its technology partner, Deloitte, on system issues to stop the incorrect notices and properly reflect eligibility. Medicaid requests that providers continue to provide necessary services and prescriptions to members during this time.
Kentucky Protection and Advocacy (P&A) is a client-directed agency that protects and promotes the rights of persons with disabilities, created by federal law. The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council, required by federal law and consisting of persons with serious mental illness and their family members, reviewed House Bill (HB) 94, the 2016 proposed Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) bill, and states that the current statutes remain sufficient, emphasizing that AOT is a choice; and that an infrastructure of more voluntary community services/evidence based practices is needed. For more click here.___________________________________________________________________________
The University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy & Administration reports that it can be beneficial for a state to suspend rather than terminate Medicaid enrollment for individuals involved with the criminal justice system. You can read the report here.
INITIAL THOUGHTS ABOUT THE HCBS TRANSITION PLAN
Go here if you would like to view P&A’s initial thoughts on the Transition Plan. Thank you to the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and the National Disability Rights Network for helping us with this document.
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