Waiver Stakeholder Engagement Process

New York is committed to engaging stakeholders and the greater public in Medicaid reform and ACA implementation. The MRT is a national model for how stakeholders can work together to develop a comprehensive reform agenda even during the most trying times. New York used a similar approach to engage stakeholders around key ACA provisions such as the health insurance exchange and Health Homes. New York is committed to continuing the MRT tradition and rigorously engaging the public, to ensure transparency as it works to finalize an 1115 Medicaid waiver amendment.

New York will utilize engagement strategies that were successfully deployed during the MRT process and will also introduce new methods for determining public preferences for how and where New York should invest waiver resources. The proposed stakeholder engagement process is outlined as follows:

MRT Waiver Amendment Survey Tool

The Department of Health developed an MRT Waiver Amendment survey tool to capture feedback from the public on its waiver design and various reinvestment proposals. The survey tool was created as an opportunity to provide feedback on how we can improve our health care programs and delivery. The survey tool has now closed. Thank you for your comments.

MRT Waiver Public Feedback Form

E-mail Listserv for Notifications Related to the MRT Waiver

Sign up for the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) LISTSERV to be notified of updates to this website, new information related to the MRT waiver process, and notifications of opportunities to participate in the public engagement process.

Topic-Specific Webinars

  • The state will utilize webinars to focus on specific technical aspects of individual waiver proposal components and offer an opportunity for questions and feedback as part of these webinars.

Webinars have been scheduled to focus on the specific reinvestment strategies listed in the Waiver Amendment Document (PDF, 276KB, 9pgs.)

The webinars have been organized in a way to align related reinvestment strategies. Archived versions of the webinars will be posted after the webinars take place.

  • June 27, 11:30 - 1

  • MRT Waiver Reinvestment Strategies: Expand Vital Access Program/Safety Net Provider Program, Public Hospital Innovation: New Models of Care for the Uninsured, Managed Long Term Care Preparation Program, Capital Stabilization for Safety Net Hospitals, Hospital Transition

Public Forums

The Department of Health will host four public forums throughout the state to gather feedback and assure public input on the waiver development process. Attendees will be briefed on the action plan as well as possible reinvestment options. All interested speakers will be given an opportunity to express their views which will be documented and incorporated into the final waiver proposal. No pre-registration is necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration for the forums is not required. However, individuals who wish to speak at the forums will be asked to register onsite; to provide for as many comments as possible, questions and comments will be limited to two minutes per speaker.

Upcoming Public Forums Schedule

Tuesday, June 12
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Oncenter
Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center
800 South State St.
Syracuse, New York 13202
Wednesday, June 13
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
David C. Hohn Lecture Hall
Research Studies Center
Elm and Carlton streets
Buffalo, New York 14263
NYC (Bronx)
Monday, June 18
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Gould Memorial Library Auditorium
Bronx Community College
2155 University Avenue
Bronx, New York 10453
ALBANY (Rensselaer)
Wednesday, June 20
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
University at Albany
School of Public Health Auditorium
1 University Place
Rensselaer, New York

Other Public Engagement Strategies

  • The state will develop an on-line survey tool to identify the preferences of the broader community when it comes to waiver design and reinvestment.
  • New York will also work with providers and community-based organizations to form member focus groups to help gather their important perspective on the waiver.
  • The state will provide notice and consult with tribes in accordance with its federally approved tribal consultation process.

This presentation provides an overview of the MRT Waiver Amendment process, and is the presentation shown at the MRT Public Forums.

E-mail and Postal Mail

Comments may also be provided through e-mail and postal mail:

  • mrtwaiver@health.state.ny.us
  • Attn: Jason Helgerson
    Office of Health Insurance Programs
    New York State Department of Health
    Corning Tower
    Albany, NY 12224