Proposed Federal Section 1115 Demonstration for Pennsylvania Medicaid Coverage of Health-Related Social Needs and Continuous Eligibility for Young Children

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) made available for public review and comment the proposed Federal Section 1115 Demonstration application entitled “Bridges to Success: Keystones of Health for Pennsylvania,” which proposes Medicaid coverage for Health-Related Social Needs (HRSN), reentry supports and multiyear continuous eligibility for young children. The purpose of the proposed demonstration is to further the objectives of Medicaid to expand access to care, improve health outcomes, drive innovation, and engage partners and communities through targeted, time-limited interventions to address HRSNs. The demonstration application is available online at DHS’ website. DHS also announced three virtual public hearings to receive comments about the proposed demonstration, the first from 12:00-1:00 pm on Dec. 11, the second from 6:00-7:00 pm on Dec. 12, and the third from 9:00-10:00 am on Dec. 15. The department’s 30-day public comment period on the proposed demonstration application will be from Dec. 2, 2023, to Jan. 2, 2024. Additional information, including how to register for the public hearings, is available in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.