1115 Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Waiver Annual Public Forum

August 26, 2022

See below.

Note:  This forum is an annual (federal) requirement based on New York’s ongoing participation in the CMS 1115 Waiver Program.  As noted below, this is not directly related to the 1115 Waiver Amendment currently being prepared by the Department of Health for eventual formal submission to CMS.  That submission is expected to occur next month.
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From: doh.sm.mrtupdates <000000bdebb6a0e4-dmarc-request@listserv.health.state.ny.us>
Date: Fri, Aug 26, 2022 at 2:11 PM
Subject: 1115 Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Waiver Annual Public Forum
To: <MRT-L@listserv.health.state.ny.us>

Dear MRT Listserv Subscriber:

The Department of Health is pleased to announce the date for a virtual public forum for New York’s 1115 Waiver programs, during which the public may provide oral comments.

The public forum will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 1-4pm. Any updates related to the forum will be sent via the MRT Listserv. Public comment may be submitted in writing through Monday, October 10, 2022 to 1115waivers@health.ny.gov. Please include “1115 Public Forum Comment” in the subject line. Please note, the public forum pertains to the 1115 Demonstration Wavier and is an annual 1115 Waiver requirement. It is not directly related to the 1115 Waiver Amendment: Making Targeted, Evidence-Based Investments to Address the Health Disparities Exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

About the 1115 Waiver:

  • The 1115 Demonstration Waiver, also known as the MRT Waiver in New York State, is an agreement between the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and New York State that allows the State to use a managed care delivery system to deliver benefits to Medicaid members, create efficiencies in the Medicaid program, and enable the extension of coverage to certain individuals who would otherwise be without health insurance.
  • The MRT Waiver was renewed on April 1, 2022, effective through March 31, 2027.
  • The MRT Waiver is a vehicle by which the State has implemented the initiatives of the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) and subsequent health systems reforms.
  • In addition, New York’s goals in implementing its MRT Waiver include improving access to health services and the quality of health care services for New Yorkers through multiple programs.

Pre-registration is required for anyone wishing to provide oral comment using this link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea276a4678d35e055543b8ac03aa9b579. Individuals who wish to provide comment must register with an “SP” in front of their name (ex: SP Jane Doe) and must email 1115waivers@health.ny.gov no later than Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at 4pm to confirm registration. Individuals will speak in their order of registration. We kindly request that presenters limit comments  to five minutes or less to ensure that all public comments may be heard. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available, and the WebEx platform includes a closed captioning feature. The following image illustrates how to enable WebEx closed captioning feature on your computer.

Following the meeting, the Department will post a transcript of the public forum to our website here: https://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/redesign/medicaid_waiver_1115.

The tentative agenda for the day is as follows:

1:00-3:50 MRT Public Comment
3:50-4:00 Wrap-Up

Questions can be sent to 1115waivers@health.ny.gov.

Thank you.