The MassHealth Waiver Extension for State Fiscal Years 2015–2019: Foundation for Coverage, Engine for Innovation

Thursday, February 5, 2015
The MassHealth Waiver Extension for State Fiscal Years 2015–2019: Foundation for Coverage, Engine for Innovation
Robert W. Seifert, MPA
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Michael Grenier, MPA
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Jean Sullivan, JD
University of Massachusetts Medical School

This issue brief summarizes the key terms and conditions of the extension of a federal Section 1115 demonstration waiver for MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program. MassHealth has operated as a “Section 1115 Demonstration Project” since 1997, which has allowed the Commonwealth to experiment with innovative strategies for delivering and financing health care for many of its Medicaid-eligible residents.