Meeting Health-Related Social Needs Through Medicaid: A New Opportunity for States

In recent years, states have sought to leverage Medicaid to address social drivers of health (DoH), relying primarily on waivers for financing. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) approval of California’s recent Medicaid proposal establishes a new framework for state policymakers to embed health-related services into the fabric of their Medicaid programs through “in lieu of” services regulatory authority.

In a new webinar, prepared in partnership with the Commonwealth Fund, Manatt Health will be joined by key policymakers to discuss the “in lieu of” services framework and learnings from California’s experience for other states as they seek to implement their own “in lieu of” services. Key topics include:

  • What are “in lieu of” services, and how will they be used in California
  • The key clarifications and guardrails for “in lieu of” services authority
  • Lessons learned from California’s experience to date with “in lieu of” services
  • The opportunity for other states to take up “in lieu of” services to address DoH

Date and Time:

Wednesday, April 6
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET


Cindy Mann, Partner, Manatt Health
Daniel Tsai, Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, CMS
Jacey Cooper, Medicaid Director and Chief Deputy Director of Health Care Programs, Department of Health Care Services, State of California

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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