Wisconsin Requests Five-Year Extension of 1115 Medicaid Reform Waiver

December 2017 ~

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is requesting a five-year extension for the BadgerCare Reform Demonstration waiver, set to expire December 31st, 2018.

Under federal regulations, states must submit an extension request one year in advance of the waiver expiration. Per direction from CMS, the request is being added to the current waiver amendment and will not change the waiver amendment DHS submitted to CMS previously.

The extension would allow the state to continue to provide Medicaid coverage for adults between the ages of 19 and 64 years old, without dependent children, who have income at or below 100% of the federal poverty level (FPL). It would also continue the requirement of a monthly premium for parents and caretaker relatives who qualify for transitional medical assistance.

DHS has held two public information sessions (December 5th and December 7th) to provide information about the extension request and is accepting public comments from November 24th – December 24th.

The state intends to submit the request by December 31st, 2017 and if approved, the extension will become active on January 1st, 2019.



Source(s): Wisconsin Department of Health Services; WisPolitics; NCSL;