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The legal services Health and Welfare Task will meet next:

Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 CT
Place: Northside Branch Library, 1733 Russell Cave Rd., Lexington

RSVP: To register for the meeting, email richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

Materials: See links below.

Conference Line Call-In:
  • Dial 1-303-248-0285
  • Enter code 233 3057

Problems calling in? Email richseckel@kyequaljustice.org.

October 27, 2017


11:00 Welcome and Introductions

We’ll go around the room for intros. We’ll also remember public benefits advocate extraordinaire Daniel Curry.

11:05 SNAP to It

Key DCBS officials have accepted our invitation to brief us on SNAP changes with a focus on work requirements—and exemptions—for “Able Bodied Adults without Dependents.” Topics include covered counties, exemptions, notices and interaction with potential Medicaid work requirements, followed by Q and A. Our speakers:
  • Deputy Commissioner Joe Hamilton
  • Kentucky Health Sr. Project Manager Kristi Putnam
  • Todd Trapp, Assistant Director of the DCBS Division of Family


11:50 Open Enrollment

What does DQHPMCO spell? Part D, QHPs and a chance to change Medicaid MCOs. It’s all happening at once. KEJC’s Miranda Brown will fill us in.

12:00 Working Lunch

12:15 What’s Going On? Marvin Gaye asked the right question.

To answer, we’ll do a round-up of 5 to 10 minute reports:
  • ACA Update: Did Jimmy Kimmel win the battle? What about the war? KEJC’s Cara Stewart reports in on the status of ACA repeal and, sad to say, "sabotage."
  • 1115 waiver: KEJC’s Anne Marie Regan offers an update on Governor Bevin’s proposal to change Medicaid. It’s a plan that’s drawn national attention.
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) I: LABG’s Stephanie Langguth fills us in on new rules for paying relatives to provide care (or not).
  • HCBS II: Focus groups around the state in September and October were just part of an “assessment” process managed by Navigant Consulting. Stephanie?
  • Medicaid passive renewal: It sounds easy, but RFI’s may bring age old confusion plus time pressure. Stephanie gives us a quick read.
  • Medicare Savings Plans: when things go off the rails, they don’t come back on quickly.

Resources: See the following materials here:
  • "Medicaid Renewals: What Your Family Needs to Know"
  • Changes to Medicaid Applications and Recertifications
  • NHeLP Q&A on Relatives as Paid Providers
  • Application for 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver
  • CMS materials on Provision of Personal Care or Similar Services by Legally Responsible Individuals

1:00 Social Security Disability Changes Rules

The special weight given to opinions of treating physicians is a thing of the past. Sadly, there’s more. LABG’s Brian Dufresne presents key takeaways from a recent day-long training.

1:20 Training Needs

The programs, they are a changing. We’ve invited Access to Justice Foundation’s Nan Hanley to gather ideas for training so we’re ahead of the game.

1:30 Break

1:45 Special and Regular (but not Jeff) Sessions

Tyler Offerman from Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and KEJC’s Rich Seckel will brief us on opportunity and jeopardy on three fronts:
  • Tax reform: Will a shift from income tax to “consumption-based” taxes hit low-income and working families in the pocket book? Is there a better way? KFTC began as the Kentucky Fair Tax Coaltion. Tyler shares the group's analysis and concerns.
  • Pension funding: Workers paid along the way. Government didn’t, especially in KERS. We’ll get Tyler's update on the debate and a critique of some of the solutions to the pension crisis. See PowerPoint presentation.
  • HOPE Act: Is it more “regulating the poor,” through reporting, asset tests and penalties? Rich describes a 2017 state House Resolution that encourages the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to act.

2:30 Adjourn