Montana Medicaid Expansion (HELP Program) Waiver Submission – August 2019

Public Comments Due by August 21, 2019

The 2019 Montana Legislature passed a new law requiring changes to Montana’s Medicaid expansion program (HELP Medicaid). House Bill 658 directs the Department of Public Health and Human Services to request federal approval to continue the state’s Medicaid expansion and to implement new Medicaid expansion program features. The Department is thus seeking to amend its Medicaid Health and Economic Livelihood Partnership (HELP) Program Section 1115 Waiver to: (1) condition Medicaid coverage on compliance with work/community engagement requirements; and (2) apply a premium structure that gradually increases enrollee premiums based on coverage duration.

Two public meetings will be held regarding the waiver. Members of the public may attend these meetings in person or via webinar.

  1. July 31, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Billings Clinic, Conference Center, 2800 10th Ave North, Billings, Montana.

    Register to attend July 31 via webinar
  2. August 1, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Sanders Auditorium, 111 North Sanders, Helena, Montana.

    Register to attend August 1 via webinar

Please Note: If you registered for the July 15 or July 18, 2019 Public Hearing, you will need to re-register to attend the July 31, 2019 or August 1, 2019 Public Hearing.

You will receive instructions for joining the meeting upon registration. If special accommodations are needed, contact (406) 444-2584.

Public comments may be submitted until midnight on August 21, 2019. Questions or comments may be addressed care of Medicaid Expansion Extension, Director’s Office, PO Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604-4210, or by telephone to (406) 444-2584, or by electronic mail to dphhscomments@mt.gov. You will also have opportunity to officially comment during the federal public comment period after CMS finds the application and public notice requirements met.

A hard copy of the draft application and the public notice documents are available at the DPHHS Director’s Office, 111 North Sanders Street, Room 301, Helena, Montana.

CMS Waiver Approval Process