Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver-Former Foster Care Youth

Wisconsin Applying for a Waiver to Continue Providing Health Care Coverage to Former Foster Care Youth from a Different State

Wisconsin is applying for an 1115 Demonstration Waiver to continue providing Medicaid coverage to former foster care youth who were in foster care and receiving Medicaid benefits in another state when they turned 18 years old. This is in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publishing final regulations on November 21, 2016, that do not allow states the option to cover youth who were in foster care and receiving Medicaid benefits in another state.

Former foster care youth refers to individuals who were in foster care, under the responsibility of the state or tribe, and were receiving Medicaid when they turned 18 years old. Former foster care youth do not have an income limit for Medicaid eligibility and can get Medicaid coverage until age 26.

Two public hearings are scheduled for comment on the official waiver request. The Department of Health Services plans to submit the waiver application by May 19, 2017.

Public Hearings

Tuesday, April 18
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center
Community Room
930 W. Historic Mitchell Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Friday, April 21*
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
1 W. Wilson Street, Rm. 630
Madison, WI 53703

*Attendees may also participate from remote locations using Skype. To participate through Skype, the telephone number is 844-561-6590.

Waiver Documents

Copies of waiver documents are posted above for you to download. The final waiver amendment application, once complete, will be posted above. You can also request copies of the waiver documents by contacting Al Matano at:

Division of Medicaid Services
P.O. Box 309
Madison, WI 53707-0309
Phone: 608-267-6848
Fax: 608-266-3205
Email: Alfred.Matano@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Written Comments

Written comments will be accepted through May 2, 2017. Written comments on the progress of the waiver and requests for paper copies of the waiver documents may be sent to Al Matano at:

Division of Medicaid Services
P.O. Box 309
Madison, WI 53707−0309
Phone: 608-267-6848
Fax: 608-267-3205
Email: Alfred.Matano@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Last Revised: May 23, 2017