Updates on the Healthy Texas Women 1115 Waiver

Texas Women's Healthcare CoalitionJune 14, 2017Articles

Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced its intent to apply to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a new waiver under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act for the Healthy Texas Women program.

You can find the waiver application and opportunities for public comment here.

September 1, 2018 is the proposed effective date for a five-year waiver program ending August 31, 2023. If approved, the 1115 Waiver would allow Texas to receive federal matching funds to support the Healthy Texas Women program. An 1115 Waiver could have a significant impact on the funding, services, and structure of the state’s women’s health programs.

The TWHC delivered public oral comments during the May 15th Women’s Health Advisory Committee (WHAC) meeting, and is developing additional public comments. If you were unable to attend the WHAC meeting, you can view the archived recording hereThe public comment period will close on June 12th, 2017. Two more public forums will be held before then: a webinar on May 31st and a meeting in Lubbock on June 9th

For some of the recent news coverage on the state’s waiver application, you can read these articles from KUT andThe New York Times.

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