Category: Medi-Cal Waiver


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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