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April 23, 2020

Health Law Daily

Washington State Receives First Medicaid Section 1115 Emergency Waiver Approved By CMS

  • April 23, 2020

Modern Healthcare (4/22, Brady, Subscription Publication) reports that on Tuesday, the CMS “approved a Medicaid Section 1115 emergency waiver for Washington state, making it the first state to get approval.” Under this “waiver, Washington will be able to target Medicaid services to areas hit hard by COVID-19 rather than deliver services evenly across the state.” In addition, “the state can also differentiate and target specific populations affected by the virus and ‘triage access to long-term services and supports based on highest need,’ the CMS wrote in its approval letter.”