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Health Department seeks input on Medicaid

The Utah Department of Health is asking for public input as the state embarks on another effort to transform Medicaid. If approved by the federal government, the new pilot program will require a select group of fewer than 100 Medicaid enrollees to give service to the community in exchange for their health program benefit.

Medicaid is committed to a public process in the development and implementation of the proposed initiative. Members of the public are invited to come to a formal public hearing on Nov. 17 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Cannon Health Building (288 North 1460 West, Salt Lake City), Room 125.

House Bill 211 (2011), sponsored by Rep. Ronda Menlove, directed UDOH to develop this pilot program and submit a waiver amendment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). If approved, the amendment will allow the State to modify enrollment rules for the Primary Care Network (PCN), which will create a new eligibility group for the pilot participants. Applications will be accepted only during open enrollment periods and approved applicants will receive the same medical benefits afforded to other PCN clients.

Medicaid officials believe the service donation will help build a sense of contribution to the program and enhance the client's experience. The waiver application will be available for review and comment on Nov.15 at http://health.utah.gov/medicaid/HB211proposal.htm.

In addition to providing comment during the public hearings, written comments will also be accepted through Dec. 2. Comments may be submitted to the Utah Department of Health, Division of Medicaid and Health Financing, PO Box 143102, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-3102 or to cdevashrayee@utah.gov.




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