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1115 HealthChoice Waiver Renewal Public Hearing

  • Maryland Dept. of Health 201 West Preston Street Baltimore, MD, 21201 United States (map)

The Maryland Department of Health (the Department) is proposing an amendment to its §1115 demonstration waiver known as HealthChoice, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has authorized through December 31, 2021. HealthChoice, first implemented in 1997 under the authority of §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 (MCO) that has been approved by the Department. Each MCO is responsible for ensuring that HealthChoice enrollees have access to a network of medical providers that can meet their health needs.

The State’s 30-day public comment period will open on May 21, 2018. Electronic copies of the draft waiver amendment application will be available on that date and may be downloaded from this web page. Hard copies of the application may be obtained by calling (410) 767-5677.

Interested parties may send written comments concerning the waiver amendment to Tricia Roddy, Director of Planning, Maryland Medicaid Program, Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Room 224, Baltimore, Maryland 21201 or via email to The Department will accept comments from May 21, 2018 until June 28, 2018.

The following public hearings will discuss the content of the waiver amendment and solicit feedback and input from public stakeholders.

Baltimore City

Thursday, May 24, 2018; 3PM–5PM (Joint meeting with the HealthChoice Post-Award Forum)

Maryland Department of Health  

201 West Preston Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Room L-1

Webinar Access: To participate in the public hearing remotely, please visit: 

Audio Conference Line: +1-240-454-0887 

Meeting Number (access code): 643 289 553