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Medicaid 1115 Waivers: How Are They Transforming the Health System?

posted on Mon, Jun 9 2014 12:27 pm by The Network for Public Health Law

Thursday, June 19 at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (ET). View/download the slides.

Medicaid 1115 waivers allow states to test new or existing ways to deliver and pay for health care services in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This webinar will provide an opportunity for public health lawyers, health practitioners and other stakeholders to learn about Medicaid 1115 waivers and their role in health system transformation. Presenters will provide an overview of Section 1115 Medicaid waivers, how states have used them, and how they are impacted by health reform. Representatives from Arkansas and Texas will discuss their state’s approach of utilizing Medicaid 1115 waivers and highlight how they have chosen to address population health and Medicaid Expansion.


  • Sarah Somers, J.D., M.P.H., Managing Attorney, Network for Public Health Law – Southeastern Region
  • Ardas Khalsa, Director, Healthcare Transformation Waiver Operations, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Suzanne Bierman, J.D., M.P.H., Assistant Director, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services
  • Akshara Menon, J.D., M.P.H., Senior Legal Analyst, Public Health Law Program, Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Moderator)


This webinar is free, and attendees may qualify for CLE credits.

Presented in partnership by the Network, Public Health Law Research,the American Society of Law Medicine and Ethics (ASLME) and the CDC Public Health Law Program.