New York State’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver Gets Green Light

The Approved Waiver and its Goals

New York State has finally received approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for its new Medicaid 1115 waiver amendment. The approved Waiver aims to:

  • advance health equity,
  • reduce health disparities,
  • support the delivery of health-related social services,
  • and promote workforce development.

The primary objective is to assign funds to address Health Related Social Needs (HRSN) and improve the quality and outcomes of enrollments in regions with a history of health disparities. Additionally, the program aims to prioritize the integration of primary care, behavioral health, and HRSN. The Waiver also seeks to invest in the development of the workforce, implement regionally-focused approaches, and establish statewide accountability to enhance health, outcomes, and equity.

If you’re interested in learning more, you can read the approval letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The SHIN-NY and HealtheConnections’ Role with the Waiver

HealtheConnections and its partners at the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) will play a pivotal role in facilitating HRSN data exchange and analysis for New York State. We enable the secure electronic exchange of patient health information and connect healthcare professionals across the state and plan to work directly with the regional Social Care Networks funded through the Waiver to support their data needs. We will keep our participants informed of this work, as we move forward. Working together, with the support of the new 1115 Waiver, we can help improve the health of our communities.