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.

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results in Florida.
  • Wright v. AHCA, Second Judicial Circuit in and for Leon County, Florida

    Litigation Team

    Plaintiff Nancy Wright is a Florida attorney who has represented hundreds of Florida Medicaid recipients (often pro bono) who are challenging erroneous terminations, denials, or reduction of Medicaid benefits. To prepare these appeals, Attorney Wright needs to access the state Medicaid agency’s (Agency for Health Care Administration's or AHCA’s) fair hearing orders. Florida law requires the orders be available free of charge from a searchable electronic database. However, AHCA denies that it is required to do so and insists on charging for these orders.  Wright has filed suit to compel the agency to comply with the Florida law requiring posting.

  • Florida Maternal and Child Health Fact Sheet

    This fact sheet reports data from several sources that measure Medicaid managed care health care delivery and quality pertaining to maternal and child health. They highlight and summarize information from the state's External Quality Review Report, measures from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), results from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) plan ratings and the Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health System Performance.

  • Jackson Health Systems Violation of Hill-Burton Community Service Obligation

    Complaint filed by Florida Legal Services, Inc. with the Office of Civil Rights against the Jackson Health System, Miami-Dade County's publicly funded health care system. The complaint alleges that JHS is violating requirements governing billing and collection policies of non-profit health providers for low-income patients. This complaint includes a description of individual consumer cases, documenting how JHS has failed to ensure that beneficiaries of its charity care program receive services and admission without discrimination.

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