​1115 HealthChoice Waiver Renewal

GENERAL NOTICE – WAIVER RENEWAL

Per the terms of the HealthChoice Demonstration Renewal, DHMH will hold its first post-award forum for the demonstration on June 22, 2016. Please click here for more information.
 
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Community Health Pilots Updates (as of June 7, 2017):

As of June 7, 2017, the Home Visiting Services Pilot Request for Applications (RFA) and accompanying FAQs have been published.

As of June 7, 2017, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is still negotiating with CMS on the final Assistance in Community Integration Services (ACIS) pilot post-approval protocol.  Once this is finalized, DHMH will release a Letter of Intent for the ACIS pilot program, so that prospective applicants can provide DHMH with their interest in that pilot.  DHMH anticipates that this will take place in the near future.

Please click here for further information about the Community Health Pilots.

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Effective January 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved and renewed Maryland's §1115 demonstration waiver, known as HealthChoice, for a period of five years.
 
HealthChoice, first implemented in 1997 under the authority of Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, is Maryland’s statewide mandatory managed care program for Medicaid enrollees. Under HealthChoice, eligible families and individuals are required to enroll in a managed care organization that has been approved by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Each managed care organization is responsible for ensuring that HealthChoice enrollees have access to a network of medical providers that can meet the health needs of each enrollee.
 
The 2017 extension made the following changes to the demonstration:

  • Created a Residential Treatment for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program as part of a comprehensive SUD strategy;
  • Created two community health pilot programs:
    • Evidence-based Home Visiting (HV) pilot program to provide home visiting services for high-risk pregnant women and children up to two years of age; and
    • Assistance in Community Integration Services (ACIS) pilot program to provide housing-related support services for high-risk, high utilizers who are either transitioning to the community from institutionalization or at high-risk of institutional placement;
  • Raised the enrollment cap for the Increased Community Services program from 30 to 100; and
  • Expanded dental benefits for former foster youth.
 
Application Resources
 
  
Hard copies may be obtained by calling: (410) 767-1439.
For additional information or questions, please email dhmh.healthchoicerenewal@maryland.gov.