CSAC Bulletin Article

DHCS Requests Extension to Section 1115(a) Medicaid Waiver

July 30, 2020

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced their request for a 12-month extension to the current Section 1115(a) Medicaid Waiver and the 1915(b) Specialty Mental Health Services Waiver. 

California’s Section 1115(a) Medicaid waiver ends December 31, 2020. DHCS and stakeholders worked to have California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM), replace the current waiver. As a result of the COVID-19, CSAC and county partners requested a delay in the termination of our current waiver and the implementing CalAIM, while the state, counties, and stakeholders to focus on addressing the pandemic.

DHCS will submit a 12-month Section 1115 waiver extension request to CMS to ensure that important programs authorized through Medi-Cal 2020 continue and are eventually transitioned under CalAIM. The proposed 12-month extension request is available on the DHCS website

DHCS will host public hearings via webinar to solicit public comments:

July 29, 2020, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM. – DHCS Tribal and Designees of Indian Health Programs

August 7, 2020, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM  – First Public Hearing 

August 10, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Second Public Hearing

Stakeholders are also invited to submit written comments to 1115waiver@dhcs.ca.gov.

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