Category: Medi-Cal Waiver


DHCS Solicits HCBA Waiver Stakeholder Workgroup

This week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced it is seeking stakeholder participation in a series of technical workgroups that will be convened to obtain input regarding the renewal of the Home and Community-Based Alternatives (HCBA) Waiver. The HCBA Waiver provides long-term, community-based services and supports to Medi-Cal-eligible beneficiaries in the community of…

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DHCS Releases Formal Medi-Cal 2020 12-Month Extension Request

On Wednesday, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released its proposed Medi-Cal 2020 12-month extension request. Recall, California’s Section 1115(a) Medicaid waiver, entitled Medi-Cal 2020, was approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 30, 2015 and is effective through December 31, 2020. DHCS intended to launch California Advancing…

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State Requests Additional Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities

On March 19, the California Department of Health Care Services sent a formal letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting additional flexibilities to assist in California’s COVID-19 response efforts. DHCS requested the following flexibilities to be granted for fee-for-service Medi-Cal beneficiaries and providers, and various federally approved delivery systems such as…

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CMS No Longer Accepting State Proposals to Finance Medicaid 1115 Demonstrations

Today, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a letter to states announcing that CMS will no longer accept state proposals to finance Medicaid 1115 Demonstrations by drawing down federal funds for programs that have historically been paid for by states outside of Medicaid. These time-limited arrangements, known as Designated State Health…

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DHCS Selects 15 Local Dental Pilot Projects

This week DHCS announced they have selected 15 Local Dental Pilot projects as part of the Dental Transformation Initiative (DTI). The selected applicants, with a total funding request of approximately $150 million, are: Alameda County California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc. California State University, Los Angeles First 5 Kern First 5 San Joaquin First 5…

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DHCS Medi-Cal Waiver Update

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced changes to the Special Terms and Conditions of California’s Section 1115 ‘Medi-Cal 2020’ Waiver. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved two amendments requested by DHCS. The first, authorizes DHCS to include Federally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Health Programs as lead entities for the Whole…

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