National Forum: State Relief and Empowerment Waivers

National Forum:  State Relief and Empowerment Waivers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a series of forums for states to explore the State Relief and Empowerment Waivers (also referred to as section 1332 waivers or State Innovation Waivers). CMS is offering these forums to provide states a more detailed overview of opportunities to empower states to innovate in ways that will strengthen their health insurance markets, meet the unique needs of their states, and provide more health coverage options to consumers throughout the U.S. by reducing burden and increasing state flexibility.

Building on the positive feedback from our regional forums in Chicago, IL and Atlanta, GA, CMS is pleased to invite you to a forum in Washington, DC on April 23rd. The forum in DC is intended to be national in scope, with invited guests from various stakeholder organizations, including states, organizations representing states, actuaries, issuers, and other third-party groups. This invitation is transferrable to another person in your organization, in the event that you are unable to attend.

These forums will both bring stakeholders together to discuss options available to states through State Relief and Empowerment Waivers. CMS will provide information to stakeholders as they explore these opportunities.


Who should attend?

Invited guests to include States, organizations representing, states, actuaries, issuers, and other third-party groups

What are the hours of the meeting?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET (registration from 8:30 – 9 a.m.)

What are my public transportation options for getting to and from the event?

Visitors should generally be prepared to take public transportation as street parking is extremely limited around the Humphrey building.  The closest metro stop is Federal Center SW.

What if I need reasonable accomodation?

Please email

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email

How do I obtain access to the Humphrey building?

The Humphrey building is closed to the general public without appointment. Anyone without a valid Federal ID will be considered a visitor and will need to plan on additional time for entry into the building. Persons attending the meeting will be required to show a U.S. Government-issued ID. If proper identification is not provided, the visitor will be denied access. HHS is a tobacco-free campus and violators are subject to legal action. 

What should I wear?

The event is business/professional or business casual attire.