Discussion of Medicaid Waiver

Friday, February 20, 2009

BOSTON  --  Can Massachusetts guarantee that it can meet the obligations of the federal Medicaid waiver as the state struggles with budget deficits amidst an historic financial crisis? The billion-dollar waiver is critical to the long-term success of the state’s 2006 health reform law, which has seen more than 97 percent of state residents obtain health insurance since its passage.


One of the central requirements of the waiver, which has helped one million low-income children, families, and individuals receive coverage through MassHealth and Commonwealth Care, is that federal Medicaid payments to Massachusetts do not exceed what they would have otherwise if the waiver were not in place.


Join Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Judy Ann Bigby, Stacey Sachs, senior health care policy fellow in the office of Sen. Edward Kennedy, and State Senator Richard Moore, chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, for a discussion of the Medicaid waiver hosted by The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute. Panelists will focus on the most significant changes to the federal waiver, which was renewed after lengthy negotiations in late 2008, and identify the major issues and challenges ahead.


  • WHO:  Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute
  • WHAT:  Forum on the details of the recently-approved MassHealth waiver, the significant changes that will bring to Massachusetts health care reform, and the challenges ahead. 
  • WHEN:  Wednesday, Feb. 25 , 9am – 12 pm
  • WHERE:  Carver Ballroom, Radisson Hotel, Stuart Street, Boston
  • WHY:  In this dire economy, can Massachusetts guarantee that its MassHealth waiver will remain ‘budget neutral’ to the federal government?