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Leveraging Medicaid Section 1115 Waivers to Address the Social Determinants of Health 

Medicaid Section 1115 waivers are an instrumental tool for exploring experimental demonstration projects that improve care and reduce costs without increasing federal Medicaid expenditures. Because of the flexibility provided by Medicaid 1115 waivers, states are increasingly developing pilot programs that address the social determinants of health (SDoH). 


In this brief, we break down the basics of Medicaid 1115 waivers and explore how healthcare stakeholders can use these opportunities to address SDoH across populations. 


Highlights include:

  • A landscape scan of how states using Medicaid 1115 waivers to customize their Medicaid programs
  • An overview of how Medicaid 1115 waivers help address SDoH 
  • Insights into the relationship between SDoH-focused Medicaid 1115 waivers and broader trends in healthcare reform

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