Webinar — Medi-Cal Explained: Waivers and State Plan Amendments

Understand the basics

Upcoming Event
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Noon–1:00 PM (PT)
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About This Event

California is about to launch the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative, which will include planning for the next Section 1115 and Section 1915(b) waivers for Medi-Cal. Federal waivers play an important role in Medi-Cal, bringing additional federal resources to the program and allowing for critical innovations in the delivery of care. State Plan Amendments (SPAs) reflect program changes, corrections, or updates to California’s State Plan, the contractual agreement between the state and federal government that describes the nature and scope of the Medi-Cal program.

In preparation for CalAIM, this CHCF webinar will provide a high-level overview of waivers and SPAs — and how they differ. It will also review how California has previously used waivers and SPAs, including a refresher on what’s in the current California Section 1115 and Section 1915(b) waivers.

Speakers will include:

  • Cindy Mann, partner at Manatt Health, former deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and former director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) at CMS
  • Jennifer Ryan, executive vice president of Harbage Consulting and former director of the Intergovernmental and External Affairs Group for CMCS at CMS

Time will be provided for Q&A with presenters. CHCF’s Chris Perrone, director, Improving Access, will provide context to open the webinar, and Catherine Teare, CHCF’s associate director, High-Value Care, will provide closing remarks.