Community Engagement

Description: PATH is the community engagement part of Kentucky HEALTH and stands for “Partnering to Advance Training and Health.” Some beneficiaries of the Kentucky HEALTH program must complete 20 hours of PATH activities each week to continue to be eligible for medical benefits. People may complete the PATH requirement by doing 20 hours of employment, volunteer activities, caregiving, job training, and/or education activities each week. These activities 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

Timing: The PATH requirement starts on July 1, 2018 for some counties in the Commonwealth, and will be phased in across the state through the end of 2018. Beneficiaries will receive more information in the mail 90 days before they are required to participate in the PATH program.  

What's Changing?

Non-exempt beneficiaries will need to complete qualifying activities to maintain eligibility, such as employment, volunteering, caretaking, job training, and education.

Who is Impacted?

  • All able-bodied working age adult Kentucky HEALTH beneficiaries
  • Medicaid Expansion adults
  • Parent/caretakers relatives

Who is Not Impacted?

  • Children
  • Pregnant women
  • Medically frail individuals
  • Former foster youth up to age 26
  • Chronically homeless individuals (Click here for more information about individuals who are considered chronically homeless)
  • Primary caregiver of a dependent
  • Full-time students

Who is Already Fulfilling the PATH Requirement?

  • Individuals who are employed full-time
  • If a beneficiary is receiving SNAP benefits, the SNAP work policy and applicable exemptions apply instead of PATH.