Waivers allow the state Medicaid program to disregard certain
portions of the Social Security Act in order to provide coverage
to individuals who may not otherwise be eligible under Medicaid
rules. California has a number of federal waivers that allows for
the implementation of certain programs.
Waivers have been used by states to design innovative programs
that reduce costs and/or enhance benefits and coverage. Federal
waivers provide flexibility to develop programs that improve care
to specific populations while maximizing the use of federal
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has revised and
published a document outlining the state’s concept for a Medi-Cal
waiver that would go into effect Sept. 1, replacing the state’s
current waiver for hospital financing and uninsured care that
expires Aug. 31.