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Prepaid Medical Assistance Project Plus (PMAP+) Section 1115 Waiver
Proposed Renewal of PMAP+ Waiver beyond December 2014
The PMAP+ waiver authorizes federal funding for the MinnesotaCare program. DHS will seek Basic Health Plan (BHP) funding to run the MinnesotaCare program starting in 2015 instead of using the PMAP+ waiver. The PMAP+ waiver will still be necessary to continue operating some aspects of the current Medical Assistance program, including mandatory managed care for groups that would otherwise be excluded and payment of medical education and research. On June 30, 2014 DHS submitted a request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to renew the PMAP+ waiver through December 31, 2017.
PMAP+ Waiver Renewal Cover Letter (PDF)
To request a paper copy of the proposal, please contact Quitina Cook at 651-431-2191.
CMS will hold a federal comment period on the proposed PMAP+ waiver renewal soon. At that time, you may submit comments directly to CMS by going to the Medicaid Waiver Page and entering Minnesota in the search box.
Post-Award Public Forum on One-Year Temporary Extension of PMAP+ Waiver
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a one-year temporary extension of Minnesota’s Prepaid Medical Assistance Project Plus (PMAP+) Section 1115 waiver in December 2013. This waiver extension has allowed Minnesota to continue to provide MinnesotaCare, while preparing to transition to a Basic Health Plan in 2015. The waiver is currently approved through December 31, 2014.
Under the terms of the PMAP+ waiver the Department of Human Services must hold a public forum within six months of the demonstration’s implementation, and annually thereafter, to afford the public with an opportunity to provide meaningful comment on the progress of the demonstration. A public forum to discuss the implementation of the waiver was held on May 21, 2014.
CMS Approves One-Year Temporary Extension of PMAP+ Waiver
On December 20, 2013 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a one-year temporary extension of Minnesota’s Prepaid Medical Assistance Project Plus (PMAP+) Section 1115 waiver. The waiver extension includes modifications in Minnesota’s Medical Assistance program and changes to MinnesotaCare to align the program with the requirements for a Basic Health Plan (BHP) under the Affordable Care Act. The extension ensures the continued provision of services to Minnesotan’s with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line, in order to not disrupt coverage as the State prepares a request for a Basic Health Plan. Minnesota will continue to receive federal financial participation for the program at the state’s regular federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) during the extension period which is set to expire December 31, 2014.
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