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Comments Regarding DCF Draft Termination Notice
Many thanks for the opportunity to review and comment on the draft Notice of Termination. The Florida Health Justice Project is a nonprofit organization committed to expanding access to healthcare for vulnerable Floridians.
We have been working on unwind preparation for the past 2 years, including creating and maintaining this website, publishing briefs and Q & As describing the impacted populations and how they can prepare, as well as producing training videos for legal services and navigator staff on Medicaid. We are hugely grateful to individual DCF staff who have taken the time to review the materials FHJP has prepared and posted on our website, and we want to thank all DCF staff for their incredibly hard work and dedication as public servants. Preparing for the unwind is a Herculean effort.
Regarding the draft termination notice, we also understand that there are limitations to how much the notices can be changed at this time. We also note that FHJP only received a copy of the notice yesterday, 2/8/23, and the deadline for comments was 2/7/23. We much appreciate being given a one-day extension in order to have our comments considered for this new notice. Additionally, given the import of notices and FHJP’s expertise in notice requirements under federal law, we will be submitting additional comments on the termination notice including discussion of the relevant Medicaid regulation, 42 C.F.R. § 431.210. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss potential notice improvements during and after the unwind.
Format for comment:
The attached document indicates our suggested changes to the draft termination notice. Strike throughs indicate deleted language and underlines indicate suggested new language. Suggested “directions” are highlighted in yellow and underlined, e.g. insert specific denial reason. The reasons for suggested changes are indicated as a bold comment.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Thank you again for considering these comments/suggestions and for all that you do.
Advocacy Director and Founder
Florida Health Justice Project
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