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NKY Counties to Learn About New Work Requirements for Medicaid

Campbell County will be the first in the state to require some Medicaid enrollees to participate in community engagement activities to keep their health care benefits.

Kenton and Boone counties will follow soon after.

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Adam Meier will lead a "stakeholder advisory forum" in Covington on Thursday, June 7, at 1 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront (668 West 5th Street).

The state is encouraging Medicaid enrollees, health care professionals, and others interested in learning more to attend.

Community engagement activities include work, job training, education, caregiving, or volunteering, the Cabinet said in a news release. If a person who has substance use disorder has a requirement, rehabilitation treatment can also be sought to fulfill community engagement hours. The Medicaid 1115 Waiver was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Jan. 12, and is now known as Kentucky HEALTH.

“Medicaid recipients who are able to work have an incredible opportunity to become more engaged in their communities and earn the skills they need to obtain one of the hundreds of thousands of jobs available in Kentucky right now,” said Meier, a former Fort Thomas city councilman who served as deputy chief of staff to Governor Matt Bevin before being named secretary last month. “However, community engagement is not simply a work requirement. There are multiple ways people can participate, as well as learn new ways to engage in healthier lifestyles.”

Kentucky HEALTH PATH Community Engagement requirement will start in Campbell County on July 1, 2018. Boone County will start on Aug. 1, and Kenton County on Sept. 1. Remaining counties in the Northern Kentucky workforce development area will begin community engagement in October.

-Staff report

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