The CMS Idea Factory is the tool by which CMS is gathering public comments on pending Section 1115 demonstrations. Please see the instructions below regarding how you can post a comment regarding a pending Section 1115 demonstration.
Section 1115 demonstrations, which enable states to test coverage and delivery system approaches in Medicaid and CHIP, have a significant and varied impact on Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries, providers, States, Tribes, and local governments. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) values public input during the demonstration application Federal review process and has provided a platform for public submission of comments. Listed below is a description of the process and timelines for the Federal public comment process. For more specifics, please see the State Health Official (SHO) letter or regulation.
Once a State’s 30-day public comment period has ended, the State will submit an application to CMS. Within 15 days of receipt of the application, CMS determines whether the application is complete and will notify the State. If CMS determines that the application is complete, CMS will send the State written notice informing the State of receipt of the complete application, the date on which the Secretary received the application, and the start date of the 30-day Federal public notice period. If CMS determines that the application is not complete, CMS will notify the State of any missing elements in the application.
Each pending demonstration has a 30-day Federal open public comment period for the general public and stakeholders to submit comments. CMS will not act on the demonstration request until 15 days, at a minimum, after the conclusion of the public comment period. CMS will continue to accept comments beyond the 30-day period; however, CMS cannot guarantee that comments received after the 30-day comment period will be considered due to the need for a timely Federal response. Therefore, CMS strongly encourages comments to be submitted within the 30-day Federal comment period.
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Concur with an existing comment by using the “Voting Function” to indicate your agreement with it. Alternatively, type a new comment and select a category for your comments. You have up to 10 concurrences (votes) that you can use to show that you concur with specific comments. You can use one concurrence at a time or you can use multiple concurrences for one comment. CMS does not measure public input or make decisions based on the number of comments or concurrences made, but your concurrence through voting helps inform our review of demonstration applications.You can use the additional space provided to describe your comments in more detail. There is a 5,000 character limit.
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Please note that CMS will review all comments, but the number of concurrences will not determine CMS’s policy. This is a moderated forum, and comments will not be posted immediately.
About the Vermont Global Commitment to Health
According to information provided by the State, some individuals who qualify for medical assistance in Vermont may participate in a demonstration program, known as the Global Commitment to Health demonstration,which allows the State to offer health care coverage to additional groups of individuals who are not normally eligible for Medicaid. These include children and parents with incomes too high for regular Medicaid, and working age adults without children. Some of these individuals may receive coverage for all Medicaid services, while others get assistance to pay for health insurance offered by an employer or for Catamount Health. Certain Medicare beneficiaries can receive help to pay for prescriptions, eye exams, or eyeglasses. The demonstration gives the State added flexibility to modify benefits, and to use Medicaid funds to help achieve public health goals, while operating under a global budget.
Status: Pending Request for Amending of Demonstration, Closed Public Comment Period: Closed for Public Comment 6/14/2013 through 7/13/2013 Pending Documents