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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  • Letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius from Maine

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  • Mayhew v. Sebelius Judgment

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    United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit ________________________   No. 12-2059   MARY C. MAYHEW, in her capacity as Commissioner of Maine Department of Health and Human Services,   Petitioner,   v.   KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, Secretary,   in her capacity as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ET AL.,   Respondents. ________________________   Before Lynch, Chief Judge, Howard and Thompson, Circuit Judges. ________________________   JUDGMENT   Entered: September 13, 2012   The petition for review of Respondents' "failure . . . to act" more expeditiously upon Petitioner's request for a State Plan Amendment (SPA) is summarily denied. As developed here, the facts do not warrant the mandamus-like relief of ordering Respondents to consider or approve the SPA by October 1, 2012. The motion for injunctive relief is denied as moot.    By the Court:   /s/ Margaret Carter, Clerk. cc: Paul Stern Kathleen Sebelius William B. Schultz Channing D. Phillips Nancy S. Nemon Richard R. McGreal Cynthia R. Mann Alisa Beth Klein Thomas Edward Delahanty, II  

  • Mayhew v. Sebelius Petition for Review

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