CMS published the approved Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers for multiple states. The waivers are retro-actively effective March 1, 2020 and will remain in effect until the public health emergency ends.  These approved waivers are to assist providers and the states in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. Waivers approved for multiple states included suspending & streamlining provider-enrollment processes, allowing licensed facilities to use unlicensed alternative sites for services, limited suspension of nursing home pre-admission reviews, and suspending Medicaid prior authorization requirements.

Not all states received the same waiver approvals. Summaries of state specific CMS approved waivers are provided below.

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. Delaware
  7. Florida
  8. Hawaii
  9. Idaho
  10. Indiana
  11. Illinois
  12. Iowa
  13. Kansas
  14. Kentucky
  15. Louisiana
  16. Maryland
  17. Massachusetts
  18. Minnesota
  19. Mississippi
  20. Missouri
  21. New Hampshire
  22. New Jersey
  23. New Mexico
  24. New York
  25. North Carolina
  26. North Dakota
  27. Oklahoma
  28. Oregon
  29. Pennsylvania
  30. Rhode Island
  31. South Dakota
  32. Washington
  33. Wyoming
  34. Virginia

Advis will continue to monitor and provide additional updates. If you have any questions about the waivers or require implementation assistance please contact an expert or email a member of our COVID-19 taskforce directly.

Published: March 25, 2020