CHA News Article

California Submits Waiver Amendment to CMS
Changes would help implement CCI, LTSS provisions of Section 1115

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) an amendment to the Section 1115 “Bridge to Reform” demonstration waiver. The amendment would allow DHCS to implement provisions of the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) in eight counties, integrating Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits for dual eligibles, enrolling dual eligibles as mandated, and integrating long-term services and supports as managed care benefits. DHCS has requested an effective date of January 1, 2014, for the waiver amendment, to coincide with the projected date for implementation of the CCI and Cal MediConnect. A copy of the amendment and the state’s cover letter are attached.