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Trends in 1115 Waivers Impacting Seniors and People with Disabilities

October 13, 2017 UTC @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

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Congress established Medicaid 1115 demonstration waivers to encourage states to test innovative ways to deliver care effectively. Section 1115 empowers the Secretary to waive certain requirements of the Medicaid Act as needed to carry out experiments likely to promote Medicaid objectives. But 1115 waivers also present concerns for advocates working to protect Medicaid enrollees’ rights and promote transparency in state waiver processes.

Several states have proposed waiving key Medicaid consumer protections to implement time limits, higher premiums and cost sharing, work requirements, limited benefit packages, and other policies that would weaken Medicaid coverage for low-income individuals and families. Many of these proposals target low-income adults, but their effects are expansive and impact older adults and people with disabilities in various ways.

This webinar will:

  • Explore the basics of 1115 demonstrations
  • Discuss how recent proposals could impact older adults and people with disabilities
  • Present tools advocates can use to track and weigh in on new proposals


  • David Machledt, Policy Analyst, National Health Law Program
  • Judy Solomon, Vice President for Health Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

This webinar is being hosted by the Disability and Aging Collaborative, a coalition of national aging and disability organizations working together to advance long-term services and supports policy. Support for this webinar is provided by the Community Living Policy Center (#90RT5026) funded by the Administration on Community Living, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Space is limited. Closed captioning is available. The webinar will also be recorded and made available for viewing following the event.


October 13, 2017 UTC
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
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Disability and Aging Collaborative