Montana State Legislature

Agency Oversight: DPHHS

Agency Oversight: DPHHS

Materials related to the committee's agency oversight duties or presented to the committee by the Department of Public Health and Human Services as part of the oversight responsibilities are listed below by topic area or meeting date.

Section 1115 Waiver Proposals

DPHHS is required, under 53-2-215, MCA, to present proposals for Section 1115 Medicaid waivers to the committee "for review and comment at a public hearing" before the proposal is submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval. The department presented three proposals to the committee for review in August 2021:

  • a proposed new waiver for the Healing and Ending Addiction Through Recovery and Treatment (HEART) initiative for behavioral health;
  • an amendment to the Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Act waiver that would end 12-month continuous eligibility for the Medicaid expansion population; and
  • an amendment to the Waiver for Additional Services and Populations (WASP) to end 12-month continuous eligibility and cost-sharing requirements for low-income parents and adults with Severe and Disabling Mental Illness. 

Committee members decided at the August meeting that individual members or groups of members could submit comments to DPHHS and CMS but that the committee would not, as a whole, submit comment on the waiver applications. 

The following materials pertain to the HEART, HELP, and WASP waiver applications.

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