State Medicaid programs play a pivotal role in ensuring the health and well-being of some of the most vulnerable populations in the United States. While the federal government has laid out a basic framework for how Medicaid programs must operate, states have a number of tools that allow them considerable flexibility in shaping their individual programs. One such tool is the Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver. This web forum will take a deep dive into a new resource on Section 1115 Waivers from the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation and the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer: Non-Emergency Medical Transportation and 1115 Waivers – A Toolkit.  

Specifically, we will examine troubling trends in the use of Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration Waivers to restrict access to services, with a particular focus on Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) and work requirements. During the web forum, we will walk participants step-by-step through the Section 1115 Waiver process and identify important opportunities and strategies for responding to Waiver proposals. Additionally, we will discuss the status of recent lawsuits challenging the use of 1115 Waivers to impose work requirements and highlight a looming threat to NEMT—a potential regulatory change that would make transportation coverage optional for state Medicaid programs.

Registration is free and closed captioning is available to all attendees. All individuals and organizations interested in protecting access to care in their state Medicaid programs. Health care-focused advocacy organizations, public health professionals, health care providers, health care researchers, community-based organizations serving low-income populations, and Medicaid participants may particularly benefit from this web forum.

Presenters

Maureen Rigney, LICSW

Director, Support Initiatives

G02 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Washington, DC

Maureen Rigney is a licensed clinical social worker with GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, formerly Lung Cancer Alliance. Currently Director of Support Initiatives, Maureen has worked in a variety of capacities at the organization since 2005. Maureen got her Master’s of Social Work Degree at Jane Addams College of Social…

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Corinne Maguire

, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

Corinne Maguire is a second year law student at Harvard Law School where she performs research and policy analysis for the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation as a clinical student. This summer Corinne will be working as a summer associate at Ropes & Gray LLP. Prior to attending…

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Katie Garfield, JD

Staff Attorney, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

Katie Garfield is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School. Katie joined the Center in 2014 and currently focuses her work on the Center’s Whole Person Care initiatives, which seek to ensure access to services that address social determinants of health…

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Phil Waters, JD

Clinical Fellow, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

Phil Waters joined the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation in October 2016 as a Clinical Fellow. Phil received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and is an active member of the North Carolina State Bar. Phil regularly tracks Medicaid waivers…

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Moderator

Katie Garfield, JD

Staff Attorney, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

Katie Garfield is a Staff Attorney at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School. Katie joined the Center in 2014 and currently focuses her work on the Center’s Whole Person Care initiatives, which seek to ensure access to services that address social determinants of health…

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