Waiver 1115 Information

Section 1115 Medicaid waivers allow states to explore new options for providing health coverage to persons who would otherwise not be eligible and allow states to examine innovative ways to deliver care by waiving certain requirements of the Medicaid Act.

While waivers can be important tools that can help states respond to the needs of low-income individuals, they also present concerns for health advocates working to protect the rights of Medicaid enrollees and promote transparency in state waiver processes.

Sec. 1115 of the Social Security Act allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services to waive some requirements of the Medicaid Act so that states can test novel approaches to improving medical assistance for low-income people.

Under the current administration, several states are seeking waivers to impose harmful cuts and restrictions. The first set of harmful waivers have been approved for Kentucky and Arkansas, with a number of states seeking to enact similar changes to Medicaid. Learn more about Medicaid waivers and how the National Health Law Program is combating the Trump administration’s illegal use of waivers to weaken Medicaid.

View 1115 Waiver Resources By State

results in California.
  • Medi-Cal Managed Care Enrollment/Disenrollment Reports

    Medicaid and CHIP, which provided the foundation for a better understanding of the Medicaid

  • California Court of Appeal Issues Good Medicaid Decision For People With Disabil

    External Source

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  • The 1999 Health Care Access Bill, AB 525: Testimony before the California Assem

    Testimony Presented by:  Lourdes A. Rivera, Staff Attorney National Health Law Program   Hearing before the California Assembly Committee on Judiciary   Tuesday, April 6, 1999       Good morning. I am Lourdes Rivera, Staff Attorney at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP). Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today. I also want to thank Assemblymembers Sheila Kuehl and Helen Thomson for introducing AB 525. NHeLP proudly sponsors and strongly supports this bill. NHeLP is a private, non-profit organization that has worked for the past 30 years to gain access to health care for low-income people. We are based in Los Angeles and have a long history of working collaboratively with California advocates throughout the state on issues of Medi-Cal, Medi-Cal managed care, reproductive health, children's health and indigent care.   A. AB 525 Ensures Access to Important Reproductive Health Services for Low-Income Women  The vast majority of women receiving Medi-Cal are in their childbearing years.(1) Moreover, low-income women on Medi-Cal are being targeted for Medi-Cal managed care enrollment.(2) Reproductive health services are a critical part of basic, primary care for…

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