1115 Waiver Update
As you may know, Illinois has been
from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for an 1115 waiver to better integrate the state's behavioral and physical health systems.
At the August 17 Medicaid Advisory Committee meeting, Felicia Norwood, director of the state Department of Healthcare and Family Services, reported that the state is first working to obtain CMS approval for an
Integrated Health Homes model
of care, which will most directly impact those in Medicaid managed care. The intent of the IHH is to broaden care coordination to include providers, hospitals, and social service organizations; under IHH, managed care plans will be expected to use this IHH model to ensure that a person's medical, behavioral, and social needs are being met in a more comprehensive manner.
HFS hopes to secure IHH approval by September 1, and then move forward with the 1115 waiver. Public hearings on the 1115 waiver are set for September: