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1115 Medicaid Demonstrations

CMS Approves Arizona Medicaid Community Engagement Requirement

January 24, 2019 - CMS has approved Arizona’s request to add a community engagement requirement to its section 1115 Medicaid demonstration project, called “Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System” (AHCCCS). After consulting with Native American tribal leaders at the state and federal level, the Arizona demonstration will be the first to include an exemption to this requirement for...

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Better State Policy Needed to Address Social Determinants of Health

by Chuck Green

A report on social determinants of health (SDOH) has five recommendations for addressing these important but often overlooked health factors with effective policymaking. The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) recently published...

HHS Looks to Medicaid Demonstrations to Improve Mental Health

by Chuck Green

Medicaid beneficiaries with mental health conditions are the targets of recent CMS efforts to boost health outcomes. In recent remarks to the National Association of Medicaid Directors in the national capital, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said...

CMS Demonstrations Target Mental Health Services Under Medicaid

by Chuck Green

Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illness (SMI) or serious emotional disturbance (SED) are the targets of recent CMS efforts to improve health outcomes. In a letter to Medicaid directors across the country, the federal agency...

1115 Medicaid Demonstrations Should be Budget-Neutral, CMS Says

by Thomas Beaton

CMS has issued new guidelines for state officials around creating budget-neutral 1115 Medicaid demonstrations. CMS informed state governments that the agency will use a formalized methodology to determine if 1115 demonstrations are a...

Rhode Island Aims to Expand Value-Based Care in Medicaid Program

by Thomas Beaton

Rhode Island officials have requested an extension of a 1115 demonstration from CMS to expand the use of value-based care within the state’s Medicaid program. State Medicaid administrators are looking to add new value-based care...

Federal Court Strikes KY 1115 Medicaid Waiver Work Requirements

by Thomas Beaton

The US District Court for the District of Columbia has blocked Kentucky from implementing work requirements within its 1115 Medicaid waiver demonstration, despite CMS approval of the community engagement provisions. The court ruled that...

CMS Approves Medicaid Work Requirements in New Hampshire

by Thomas Beaton

CMS Administrator Seema Verma has approved New Hampshire's request to implement Medicaid work requirements and change additional Medicaid rules related to member eligibility.  The approval makes New Hampshire the fourth state to...

Experts Support Medicaid Work Requirements Lawsuit Against KY

by Thomas Beaton

A lawsuit that contends the legality of Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky has received support from 43 public health experts and 8 medical school deans who say the work requirements directly violate the Medicaid program. In an amicus...


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