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Groups that blocked Medicaid plan ask feds to restore related dental, vision cuts; cabinet addresses service-denial claims






By Melissa Patrick
Kentucky Health News

Three advocacy groups have asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reject recent changes to Kentucky's Medicaid program that took dental, vision and non-emergency medical transportation benefits from 460,000 Kentuckians.

In a letter to CMS, the National Health Law Program, a public-interest law firm; the Kentucky Equal Justice Center, and the Southern Poverty Law Center say the state failed to comply with procedural requirements, including an appropriate public-notice period or a 30-day public comment period required by federal law.

The letter also says the state's official request to remove these services, called a state plan amendment (SPA), was never approved, noting that it is not on CMS's online list of approved SPAs, so "We have concluded that CMS has not approved this SPA."

The 460,000 people are covered by the state's 2014 expansion of Medicaid, under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to those who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Under a state Medicaid plan that was vacated by a federal judge, those covered by the expansion could "earn" dental and vision benefits by participating in certain self-improvement activities, such as passing a GED exam, completing job training, or completing wellness activities such as stop-smoking classes, weight-loss programs or diabetes education. They could also earn credits by working; most on the expansion ...
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