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Roundtable Discussion of Medicaid Waivers: Lessons for California

Medicaid Waivers: Lessons from California, a roundtable discussion hosted by the Foundation and the University of California, Berkeley Center for Health and Public Policy Studies on Wednesday, July 28, 2004, provided an overview of current Section 1115 waiver activity across the states, focusing on Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability (HIFA) Initiative waiver efforts. Findings from recent studies of waiver programs in other states such as Oregon, Utah, and New Hampshire were presented and discussed. Panelists also discussed the possible implications of these studies for California’s proposed Medi-Cal waiver redesign.

Panelists include: Cindy Mann, a research professor at Georgetown University; Jeanene Smith, Deputy Administrator of the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research; and Angela Gilliard, a legislative advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. Alina Salganicoff, Vice President and Director of California Health Policy for the Foundation, moderated the discussion.

Agenda (.pdf)

Speaker Biographies (.pdf)

Webcast, slide presentations, and related publications

Federal Medicaid Waiver Financing: Issues for California

The California Medicaid Program at a Glance

Table: Section 1115 Waivers Approved Since January 2001, Status as of July 2004 (.pdf)

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