The Changing Face of the Medicaid Program: A Review of Recent Trends in State Medicaid Waivers

Date: 09/24/2020
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT

Overview: The use of section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waivers by states—the process by which a state seeks to test new approaches in the program not otherwise allowed under current law—continues to provide one of the most dynamic insights into our current economic, political, and social landscape. More than halfway through 2020, we have seen states use this broad waiver authority to accomplish a number of diverse goals: enhance responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, expand access to behavioral health for individuals struggling with addiction, and relieve state budgets by imposing new controls on eligibility and enrollment, to name a few.

This session will provide attendees with the necessary legal and regulatory framework to understand the confines within which these waivers operate, and detail some of the most relevant and critical waiver approvals (and denials) of the past year. Speakers will also provide an update on recent litigation involving the authority of states to impose work requirements, and dive deep into CMS’ block grant guidance, issued earlier this year. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of the importance of the waiver process in shaping the future of the Medicaid program in both the near and long-term.

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