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October 1, 2020

AHCCCS Requests Public Comment on Proposed 2021-2026 Waiver Renewal

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) will submit a five-year renewal proposal of its 1115 Demonstration Waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in December 2020. Section 1115 of the Social Security Act gives the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services authority to approve Demonstration Projects that promote the objectives of the Medicaid program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In Arizona, the CHIP program is known as KidsCare. This flexibility allows states to test innovative approaches to health care in an effort to improve quality, access, and efficiency.

AHCCCS is required to renew its 1115 Waiver with CMS every five years. In the waiver renewal request, AHCCCS outlines its proposed new and ongoing programmatic authorities. With CMS’ approval, the agency will continue to build on the successes of its existing care delivery model, extending authority for Arizona to implement programs including, but not limited to:

In addition to renewing current waiver and expenditure authorities, AHCCCS is seeking to implement:

Through November 2020, AHCCCS is accepting public comment on its proposed waiver renewal request. Submit comments via email to waiverpublicinput@azahcccs.gov.

The public is also invited to attend public forums to be held via webinar on:

Learn more on the 1115 Waiver Renewal Request web page.

Arizona’s existing Demonstration Waiver is currently approved through September 30, 2021, and the application is seeking a renewal period from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2026.

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