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 Mississippi.
  • National Health Law Program: Comments to HHS on Mississippi Waiver Project

    National Health Law Program in comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, urges the department to reject Mississippi's Sec. 1115 Medicaid waiver application called "Mississippi Medicaid Workforce Training Initiative," because it contains a costly and burdensome work requirement that is outside the scope of the HHS secretary to approve. "The evidence demonstrates that the work requirement will lead to a large number of of individuals, including those who work or are exempt from the requirement, losing Medicaid coverage and remaining uninsured, with serious consequences for their health and well-being and the health and well-being of their children. These outcomes are in direct conflict with the objectives of the Medicaid Act," National Health Law Program states.

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