This proposal demonstrates the need for CMS to apply the new waiver transparency guidelines to waiver amendments.
David Reddy commented
By the time a person qualifies for Medically Needy benefits in Florida they have typically exhaused their liquid assets, are behind on their bills and deep in debt. Requiring that they pay an exorbitant monthly premium to stay in the system is equivalent to a death sentence for many of these people. Will it save money? Maybe for Florida, but those people are going to show up at some medical facility, broke and very, very sick.
Joan Alker commented
CMS recently stated that they are considering whether or not to apply the new transparency guidelines to waiver amendments. This proposal has nothing to do with the underlying waiver for which it has been submitted as an amendment, and would have far-reaching and potentially devastating implications on families with severe and chronic health conditions. For both of these reasons it is a perfect example of why public transparency rules should apply.