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Illinois Medicaid 1115 Waiver Stakeholder Engagement

The State of Illinois has developed an 1115 Medicaid Waiver under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services waiver authority, Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. Section 1115 waivers allow states to test new approaches in Medicaid that differ from federal program rules. 

Gathering stakeholder input is an essential part of preparing the 1115 Waiver application. Health and Medicine Policy Research Group (Health and Medicine) has worked with the Illinois Office of the Governor and Health Management Associates (HMA) to ensure that stakeholders have an opportunity to present their ideas for system transformation. A summary of the stakeholder engagement process that Health and Medicine facilitated so far is available here.

To help facilitate and inform an ongoing process of stakeholder engagement, Health and Medicine will soon release summary for various categories of comments on the draft 1115 waiver application.

Updated 1115 Waiver Information and Resources:

The State of Illinois’ 1115 Waiver webpage
Illinois Medicaid 1115 Waiver application: PDF and HTML (February 2014)
Summary of the Illinois Medicaid 1115 Waiver Stakeholder Engagement process

Archived 1115 Waiver Information and Resources:

Draft waiver application, (January, 2014)
Slides from November 14, 2013 Stakeholder meetings
Concept paper for the 1115 Waiver for Illinois Medicaid (November 2013)
Slides from the January 9 stakeholder meeting and January 10 webinar
Recording of the January 10th Webinar. (Please Note: Due to technical difficulties at the beginning of the webinar, content pertinent to the 1115 waiver begins at about 23:45 on the webinar).

Health and Medicine is glad to have helped gather input for transforming Illinois’ Medicaid system to move Illinois toward a more integrated, rational, and efficient healthcare delivery system with expanded attention to population health, public health, and home- and community-based health. We remain committed to ensuring stakeholder engagement and involvement with Illinois’ 1115 Medicaid waiver.

If you have questions related to the 1115 Waiver stakeholder engagement process, please email us at  For more information, see the State’s 1115 waiver page.