In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, state Medicaid programs are seeking to suspend some regulations through Medicaid waivers and state plan amendments. For example, every state has had Section 1135 waivers approved, giving states more flexibility to focus their resources on fighting the pandemic and to provide for Medicaid beneficiaries. The waiver allows Medicaid programs to forgo some provider screening requirements, allow out-of-state providers to practice in-state, and allow services to be rendered in alternative settings—such as tele-visits.


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