Minnesota Family Planning Program (MFPP) Section 1115 Waiver

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CMS Approves One-Year Extension of MFPP Waiver through December 2015

On July 22, 2014, CMS approved a one-year extension of the MFPP waiver through December 31, 2015. Under the MFPP waiver, the State has had the authority to receive federal matching funds for family planning services to men and women age 15 to 50, who have family incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and who are not enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. The waiver was due to expire on December 31, 2014. State legislation requires DHS to seek state plan authority for the program. An extension of the waiver will allow the current program to continue as DHS negotiates the transition to state plan authority.

CMS Approval Letter (PDF)
MFPP Extension Cover Letter (PDF)

MFPP Extension Updated Budget Neutrality (PDF)

MFPP Extension Written Comment 1 (PDF)

MFPP Extension Written Comment 2 (PDF)

MFPP Extension Written Comment 3 (PDF)

MFPP Extension State Register Notice May 17, 2014 (PDF)

MFPP Extension Public Testimony May 27, 2014 (PDF)

MFPP Extension Stakeholder Email List (PDF)

Public Input on Proposed Extension of MFPP Waiver

Under the MFPP waiver, the State has had the authority to receive federal matching funds for family planning services to men and women, age 15 to 50, who have family incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and who are not enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. On June 22, 2014 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a temporary extension of the MFPP waiver. The waiver is currently approved through December 31, 2015. Pending state legislation would require DHS to seek state plan authority for the program. An extension of the waiver will allow the current program to continue as DHS negotiates the transition to state plan authority.

MFPP Waiver Renewal Request
MFPP Waiver Renewal Request Attachment A (PDF)

MFPP Waiver Renewal Request Attachment B (PDF)

MFPP Waiver Renewal Request Attachment C (PDF)

MFPP Waiver Renewal Request Attachment D (PDF)

MFPP Waiver Renewal Request Attachment E (PDF)

MFPP Waiver Renewal Request Attachment F (PDF)

MFPP Waiver Renewal Request Attachment G (PDF)

Public comment period

DHS is holding a 30-day comment period from May 26, 2015 to June 24, 2015, to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the current waiver renewal request. DHS intends to submit the renewal request to CMS following the public comment period.

Please submit your written comments by email to Section1115WaiverComments@state.mn.us or by mail to the address below. DHS would like to provide copies of the comments received in a format that is accessible for people with disabilities. Therefore, please submit comments in Microsoft Word format or incorporate within the email text. If you would also like to provide a signed copy of the comment letter, you may submit a second copy in Adobe PDF format or mail it to the address below.

Mailing address:
Marie Zimmerman
Medicaid Director
Minnesota Department of Human Services
PO Box 64983
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0983

Public hearings

Two public hearings will be held to provide additional opportunity to comment on the proposed waiver extension. You may attend either hearing by phone or in person. If you would like to attend by phone, please send an email request to Section1115WaiverComments@state.mn.us to obtain call-in information. If you plan to testify by phone or in person, please send an email to Section1115WaiverComments@state.mn.us indicating that you will testify.

Public Hearing #1
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
4:00 p.m.
Department of Human Services, Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55101 Room 2223
(This hearing will be held in conjunction with the post-award public forum discussed below)

Public Hearing #2
Thursday, June 11, 2015
10:00 a.m.
Department of Human Services, 444 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155 Room 6146

Link to Medicaid Waiver Page on CMS Web Site

CMS will hold a federal comment period following DHS’ submission of the MFPP Waiver extension request. At that time you may submit comments directly to CMS and entering Minnesota in the search box.

Post Award Public Forum on MFPP Waiver Extension through 2015

According to the federal transparency requirements under the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Human Services must hold a public forum within six months of the demonstration’s implementation, and annually thereafter. The forum gives the public an opportunity to provide meaningful comment on the progress of the demonstration. The next public forum is scheduled as follows:

MFPP Waiver Public Forum
Date: June 10, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Room 2223 at the Department of Human Services, Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55164.

You may attend the forum by phone or in person. If you would like to attend by phone, please send an email request to Section1115WaiverComments@state.mn.us to obtain call-in information.

MFPP Waiver Reports to CMS

The MFPP waiver special terms and conditions require the state to provide updates on the program’s implementation to CMS. Reports are submitted on a quarterly and annual basis.

MFPP Demonstration Year VIII
1st Quarter Report - July 1, 2013, through September 30, 2013 (PDF)

2nd Quarter Report - October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013 (PDF)

3rd Quarter Report - January 1, 2014, through March 31, 2014 (PDF)

4th Quarter Report – April 1, 2014, through June 30, 2014 (PDF)

Annual Report – July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014 (PDF)


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