Community Engagement

Kentucky HEALTH has been reapproved and is scheduled to begin on April 1, 2019. Information on this website is currently being reviewed and will be updated based on the recent approval as soon as possible.  


Description:

Kentucky HEALTH is the Commonwealth’s new program for some adults on Medicaid. The goal of the program is to offer a customized a path for each person on the program that will lead to a better quality of life. This means some people receiving Kentucky HEALTH will need to participate in PATH Community Engagement activities to keep their medical benefits. PATH Community Engagement is the community engagement part of Kentucky HEALTH and stands for “Partnering to Advance Training and Health.” 

This includes looking for a job, volunteering, caregiving for an elderly family member, job training, participating in substance abuse treatment, enrolling in classes, or working.

Kentucky HEALTH is working with career centers and adult education agencies across the Commonwealth to connect beneficiaries to resources that will help them find and pay for school or training, gain skills that employers are looking for, and find good-paying jobs.

Timing:

The PATH Community Engagement requirement will begin in phases across the Commonwealth no sooner than July 1, 2019. 

People enrolled in Kentucky HEALTH who have a PATH Community Engagement requirement will be sent more information no less than 30 days before they are required to start reporting their PATH Community Engagement hours at CitizenConnect.ky.gov.


Who has a PATH Community Engagement requirement?

Most beneficiaries age 19-64 who are able to work will need to complete 80 hours of PATH Community Engagement-approved activities each month to stay eligible for their Kentucky HEALTH benefits. People who are employed and work at least 30 hours per week are already meeting the PATH Community Engagement requirement.

Some people are already meeting the PATH Community Engagement requirement and will not need to report, including:

  • Individuals who meet requirements for SNAP or TANF employment initiatives or are exempt from having to meet those requirements
  • Individuals who are part of the Kentucky Integrated Health Insurance Premium Payment (KI-HIPP) program 
  • Individuals who are employed full-time (30 hours per week or more).  To be considered already meeting PATH Community Engagement requirements from a full time job, you must have reported it on benefind.ky.gov or to the Department of Community Based Services

Not all Kentucky HEALTH beneficiaries will need to meet the PATH Community Engagement requirement:

  • Children 
  • Pregnant Women
  • Medically Frail individuals
  • People who are chronically homeless
  • People who are the primary caregiver of their child or children
  • Former Foster Youth up to age 26
  • Full-time students 
  • Survivors of Domestic Violence
  • Federally Recognized Refugees


Resources to help beneficiaries meet their PATH Community Engagement requirement:


Frequently Asked Questions    

What can beneficiaries do to prepare for the Kentucky HEALTH program and the PATH Community Engagement requirement?

1. Log in to benefind.ky.gov or call 1-855-306-8959 to update their mailing address and email address so they do not miss any important information.

2. Visit KentuckyHEALTH.ky.gov's "Is it for me?" page to see if they will need to complete the PATH Community Engagement requirement when Kentucky HEALTH starts. Beneficiaries who must complete a PATH Community Engagement requirement will receive important information in the mail before the requirement starts in their county.

3. Think about how they want to complete the PATH Community Engagement requirement. Options include:

  • Job skills training
  • Searching for a job & education for a job
  • GED classes or community college
  • Employment
  • Community work experience
  • Volunteering
  • Taking care of a relative or other person with a disabling health condition
4. Visit a Kentucky Career Center to learn more about how to find education opportunities, job training, and available jobs in their area.
5. Explore volunteer opportunities near them on these websites, as some volunteer roles will help fulfill the PATH Community Engagement Requirement:
If someone has had trouble finding a job in the past, what should they do in order find a job?
They should visit a career coach at a Kentucky Career Center to discuss what may be holding them back. Career coaches are trained to look at the education and experience people have and identify if they need some additional training. They will also tell people about the in-demand jobs in their region, and will assist them with job applications and making a resume.

If someone can’t make it to a career center, how can they learn more about high demand jobs and what it takes to get them?
There are many high-demand, good-paying jobs in Kentucky that do not need a college degree, but do need a high school diploma or GED and some skills training. Visit helpwantedky.com to learn about short-term certification programs at community and technical colleges nearby that can help people qualify for these jobs. People can earn the certificate they need in 16-80 weeks.

If someone did not graduate from high school, but would like to get certified for a high-demand job, what are their options?
Schools in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System offer a program called Accelerating Opportunity. This program helps people earn their GED and a job certification at the same time.

How does someone report PATH Community Engagement hours?
Kentucky HEALTH beneficiaries will now have the ability to report their community engagement hours via: online at CitizenConnect.ky.gov; in person at a Kentucky Career Center (KCC); paper form request; and/or over the phone.