On August 16, 2019, CMS approved the Minnesota Substance Use Disorder System Reform section 1115 waiver effective from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2024.
On Feb. 11, 2016, CMS approved Minnesota’s request to renew the PMAP+ waiver through Dec. 31, 2020.
The PMAP+ waiver special terms and conditions require the state to provide updates to CMS on the program’s implementation. We submit reports quarterly and annually. Reports from prior demonstration years have been archived and can be made available by request via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MFPP was implemented beginning July 1, 2006, as a federal waiver demonstration project approved by CMS. The MFPP waiver gave Minnesota the authority to receive federal matching funds for family planning services delivered to men and women, ages 15 to 50, who have family incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and who are not enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. The 2014 Minnesota Legislature directed DHS to seek federal authority to operate the MFPP under the Medicaid state plan. Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the program was converted to state plan authority under the Family Planning State Plan Option.
Under the Family Planning State Plan Option, the following MFPP benefits and other criteria will remain unchanged:
Please see Bulletin #16-21-13 (PDF) for more information regarding changes to certain eligibility rules for the MFPP under the Family Planning State Plan Option.
In October 2013, CMS approved Minnesota’s Reform 2020 section 1115 demonstration project through June 30, 2018.
The five-year demonstration provides federal support for the Alternative Care program, which provides supports to help seniors at risk of nursing home placement to stay in their homes. The Reform 2020 demonstration waiver will also provide access to expanded self-directed options under the Community First Services and Supports (CFSS) program for people who would not otherwise be eligible for these services. Implementation of this part of the demonstration is contingent upon federal approval of additional state plan and waiver authority.
On July 10, 2017, DHS submitted a request to CMS to renew the Reform 2020 Section 1115 waiver. The current waiver expires June 30, 2018. The renewal request seeks to continue the current waiver for another three-year period, through June 30, 2021.
A 30-day public comment period from May 22, 2017, to June 21, 2017, was held by DHS to provide the public the opportunity to weigh in on the proposed waiver renewal.
CMS held a federal comment period following DHS’ submission of the Reform 2020 renewal request. At that time, comments were to be submitted directly to CMS by going to www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/section-1115-demo/demonstration-and-waiver-list/index.html and entering Minnesota in the search box.
The Reform 2020 waiver special terms and conditions require the state to provide updates on the program’s implementation to CMS. Reports are submitted on a quarterly and annual basis. Reports from prior demonstration years have been archived and can be made available by request via email@example.com.
A 30-day comment period on the revised Indian Health Board of Minneapolis (IHB), section 1115 Medicaid waiver application, began on April 17. The IHB waiver application was initially submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Jan. 13, 2017. Key changes can be found on page 5 of the application, which has been revised to include information on the research hypothesis and evaluation parameters related to the demonstration’s proposed goals. DHS plans to submit the revised request in May of 2017.
Comments received will be posted on the DHS website. To ask for a paper copy of the waiver request, please contact Elizabeth Bonnell at 651-431-2836. Written comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the address below. DHS would like to provide copies of comments received in a format that is accessible for people with disabilities. Therefore, we request comments be submitted in Microsoft Word documents or incorporated within the email text. If you would like to provide a signed copy of the comment letter, you may submit a second copy in Adobe PDF format or mail it to the address below. Comments must be received by May 16, 2017.
Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64983
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0983
CMS will hold a federal comment period following DHS’ submission of the IHB waiver request. At that time you may submit comments directly to CMS by going to http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Waivers/Waivers.html and entering Minnesota in the search box.
The 2016 Minnesota State Legislature directed DHS to seek federal waiver authority to allow tribal organizations to receive the Indian Health Services encounter rate for Medicaid services provided to American Indian and Alaskan Native populations. Only organizations that are dually certified as Urban Indian Health Programs and Federally Qualified Health organizations qualify. The Legislature also asked DHS to seek authority for the state to be eligible for 100 percent federal financial participation for such services. (See Minn. Stat. § 256B.0625, specifically subdivisions 30 and 34.)
On Jan. 13, 2017 DHS submitted the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis Section 1115 waiver request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Currently, the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis (IHB) is the only entity eligible under this waiver authority, should it be granted by CMS. As a demonstration project under section 1115 of the Social Security Act, DHS plans to test new ways to help urban American Indians served by the IHB to access quality health care. This approach includes the use of an abbreviated application process for American Indians eligible for Medicaid and targeting additional funding for the IHB into enhanced care coordination and application assistance for this population.
The MSC+ waiver allows Minnesota to require seniors to enroll in managed care to receive Medicaid services. This includes people who are dually eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare and who have not opted to enroll in Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO). The waiver operates in combination with Minnesota’s existing Elderly Waiver to enable the integration of community-based long-term care services into the managed care service delivery system.
The CCDTF is the fee-for-service payment mechanism for substance use treatment services in Minnesota. The CCDTF is accessed through an enrollee’s county or tribe of residence. Each county and tribe is responsible for:
The waiver allows recipients to be directed to a provider designated by the locality.
Public comment on CCDTF waiver renewal request
DHS is holding a 30-day comment period on its CCDTF waiver renewal request. Minnesota must maintain the waiver to allow counties and tribes to direct Medicaid fee-for-service recipients to the most appropriate service provider.
The waiver renewal request informs CMS of state law directing DHS to transition its care model and allow enrollees the ability to directly access care from a SUD provider without a county or tribe acting as an intermediary. This new model will still require an individual to receive a comprehensive assessment to determine the level of intensity and duration of services needed for SUD treatment. While the state has developed a transition plan to move toward a direct-access model for people seeking SUD services, it is expected that implementation will require a phased-in approach. Therefore, the state intends to continue its CCDTF waiver for an additional two-year period while it completes the transition to a system that better facilitates access to SUD treatment. The current CCDTF waiver expires June 30, 2020. This request continues the current waiver for another two-year period, through June 30, 2022.
Health Care Administration
Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64983
St. Paul, MN 55164-0983
Please submit comments in an attached Microsoft Word document or as text within the body of your message so DHS may make the comments accessible to people with disabilities. If you want to provide a signed copy of your comments, you may submit a second signed copy of them as a PDF.
The Case Management waiver allows Minnesota to continue to limit case management providers for the home and community-based waivers to counties and tribes under contract with DHS or their subcontractors. The waiver applies only to enrollees whose waiver services are covered fee-for-service and who receive services under one of the following Section 1915(c) home and community-based waiver programs:
The current Case Management waiver expires March 31, 2022.
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Information on Minnesota's federal Medicaid waivers also is available on the CMS website at https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/section-1115-demo/demonstration-and-waiver-list/waivers_faceted.html (enter Minnesota in the search box).