The CMS Thursday granted six states more flexibility for their Medicaid programs to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York landed Section 1135 Medicaid waivers. The CMS has now granted waivers to 29 states, approving them in less than a week on average.
States can make several adjustments to their Medicaid programs when the CMS grants them a waiver, including bypassing some prior authorization requirements, temporarily enrolling out-of-state providers, delivering care in alternative settings, and pausing fair hearing requests and appeal times.
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