NHeLP Comments to HHS on N.C.’s Amended Sec. 1115 Waiver Project

Executive Summary

In comments to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), National Health Law Program urges the Secretary to reject North Carolina’s amended Sec. 1115 waiver “demonstration” program, which includes an onerous work requirement for eligibility, lock-outs and premiums, and a sweeping and unnecessary provision that would harm access to quality care for North Carolinians seeking services for substance use disorders and mental health services. The National Health Law Program says North Carolina’s waiver project is outside the scope of the Medicaid Act, and beyond the HHS Secretary’s authority to approve.

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