Transparency in Medicaid/CHIP Waivers is Urgent – Say Ahhh! A Children’s Health Policy Blog

Today 34 national groups sent a letter to Secretary
Sibelius asking her to finalize the Section 1115 Medicaid and CHIP public
process waiver regulations as soon as possible. As the letter notes, state
Medicaid waiver activity is a hot topic these days.

The Secretary and her colleagues at the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services have an enormous amount on their plates, but the
signatories underscored how important it is to finalize these proposed regulations
as soon as possible so that stakeholders have an opportunity for meaningful
public input on proposed waivers. These waivers can have an enormous impact on
the substance and financing of the Medicaid program.

signatories to the letter include a diverse group of consumer and provider
groups such as AARP, National Association of Children’s Hospitals, Families
USA, First Focus, Georgetown Center for Children and Families, SEIU, The
Arc/United Cerebral Palsy and many more. Check out the letter here.

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