Update: As of March 1, 2017, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) continues to work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to negotiate the necessary post-approval protocols for the Home Visiting Services (HVS) and Assistance in Community Integration Services (ACIS) pilot programs. Once these have been finalized, DHMH will release a Letter of Intent so that prospective applicants can provide DHMH with their interest as to upcoming pilot programs. DHMH anticipates that this will take place in the near future.
Effective January 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved and renewed Maryland's §1115 demonstration waiver, known as HealthChoice, for a period of five years. HealthChoice, first implemented in 1997 under the authority of Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, is Maryland’s statewide mandatory managed care program for Medicaid enrollees. Under HealthChoice, eligible families and individuals are required to enroll in a managed care organization that has been approved by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Each managed care organization is responsible for ensuring that HealthChoice enrollees have access to a network of medical providers that can meet the health needs of each enrollee. The 2017 extension made the following changes to the demonstration:
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