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CMS Approves First Waiver Request to Extend Medi-Cal 2020

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Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved an amendment to California’s section 1115 demonstration, titled “Medi-Cal 2020,” which will allow California to continue to operate the Global Payment Program for a six-month period to align with the expiration of the demonstration on Dec. 31, 2020. This is the first of two important requests, where California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is asking CMS to extend the Medi-Cal 2020 waiver set to expire later this year.  

In the second, DHCS will submit a 12-month waiver extension request to CMS to ensure that important programs are authorized through Medi-Cal 2020 through Dec. 31, 2021, and then are eventually transitioned under California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal.  The proposed Medi-Cal 2020 12-month extension request is available on the DHCS website

DHCS is hosting two public hearings via webinar on the second request to extend the Medi-Cal 2020 waiver:

Aug. 7: First public hearing 

  • 3:30-5 p.m. 
  • Register here 

Aug. 10: Second public hearing 

  • 2-3:30 p.m. 
  • Register here