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Bevin extends public comment period on Medicaid proposal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is giving people more time to comment on his proposal to change the state’s Medicaid program.

A notice posted near the bottom of the website devoted to the proposal says the comment period has been extended until 5 p.m. Friday. But Health and Family Services Cabinet spokeswoman Jean West says the deadline is actually Sunday.

The original comment period closed on July 22. But the notice says the Department of Medicaid Services extended the deadline “in response to the volume of comments that were submitted on the final day of the comment period,” including after the 5 p.m. deadline.

West said officials decided to extend the comment period last week, but did not send out a news release. West said notices are scheduled to be published in local newspapers on Thursday.

Shannon McCracken is a leader when it comes to supporting the needs of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. After a decade of experience at the two largest SCL agencies in Kentucky, she made the decision to embrace a new opportunity and start her own company, Commonwealth Case Management. While in the field, Shannon has won numerous national awards and served in multiple leadership positions, most recently with the Kentucky Association of Private Providers (KAPP). From November 2009 - 2012, she served as the Vice-President of Public Policy for the KAPP Board of Directors and served as President from 2012-2015. In 2016, KAPP made a significant investment in its future and offered Shannon a full-time position as the State Executive Director. Being so involved has enabled Shannon to stay at the leading edge and have a great understanding of what it takes to support people with disabilities.

Shannon is a graduate of Western Kentucky University...wife to Tony, mom to Davis (19) & Caroline (17.)

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