While legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has stalled, some states have turned to Section 1115 waivers as a way to modify how Medicaid expansion operates in their states. A new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation entitled “Section 1115 Medicaid Expansion Waivers: A Look at Key Themes and State Specific Waiver Provisions” looks at seven states which have received CMS approval for their 1115 waivers and five states which have requested 1115 waivers which are currently pending with CMS. The brief also examines the common themes which come up in the states’ requests.
The seven states which have received CMS approval for their 1115 waivers are Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Montana and New Hampshire. The five states with 1115 waivers pending with CMS are Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and Massachusetts.