1115 HealthChoice Waiver Renewal


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Medicaid & Employment

~The Maryland Department of Health (the Department) is proposing an amendment to its §1115 demonstration waiver known as HealthChoice, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has authorized through December 31, 2021. HealthChoice, first implemented in 1997 under the authority of §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 (MCO) that has been approved by the Department. Each MCO is responsible for ensuring that HealthChoice enrollees have access to a network of medical providers that can meet their health needs.

The State’s 30-day public comment period was open from May 21, 2018 through June 19, 2018. The draft waiver amendment application is available here. The final submitted waiver amendment application is available here. Hard copies of the application may be obtained by calling (410) 767-5677.

  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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