On Wednesday, August 22, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a State Medicaid Director Letter (SMDL) memorializing CMS policy for ensuring that Section 1115 waivers remain budget neutral to the federal government. The SMDL describes CMS policy for calculating budget neutrality both for new waivers and for extensions of existing waivers with the implications for states with existing waivers, and those seeking to apply for waivers, discussed in this expert perspective.
Work and Community Engagement Requirements in Medicaid: State Implementation Requirements and Considerations
Patricia Boozang, Allison Orris, Mindy Lipson, and Deborah Bachrach, Manatt Health
In January 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a State Medicaid Director Letter providing guidance to states as to the circumstances under which CMS would approve 1115 demonstration waivers making work/community engagement (CE) requirements a condition of Medicaid eligibility. Since then, CMS has approved state work/CE waivers in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and New Hampshire, and additional states have submitted or are poised to submit similar waivers. Manatt Health has produced a series of charts that outline the legal, policy, financial and operational tasks and issues that states will face in adding a work/CE condition to their Medicaid program.
If you are interested in only one of the charts, they are also available as individual resources:
State Health and Value Strategies also recently hosted a webinar, Explaining the Stewart v. Azar Decision and Implications for States, that provided an overview of the Stewart v. Azar decision and its potential implications for states with approved, pending or planned Medicaid waivers that include work/community engagement requirements.