• The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) rolled out tools that assist states with pursuing Section 1115 waivers in order to implement beneficiary obligations such as work requirements.
  • The tools are designed to assist states toward compliance with waiver requirements, such as the obligation to submit quarterly and annual monitoring data to CMS. For example, the tools can assist states with determining whether a work rule for certain beneficiaries actually led to increased or sustained employment.
  • CMS Administrator Seema Verma stated in a blog post: “The Medicaid program was designed to serve our most vulnerable populations like children and people with disabilities, so it’s logical that the nature of demonstration projects would change given the unprecedented expansion of Medical eligibility to childless, working-age adults that occurred under Obamacare.”