How States Apply

Application Template for New Section 1115 Demonstrations

States have the option of using an interim template to develop their own applications. States are also encouraged to use the accompanying budget neutrality template in developing their applications. States may either download and complete the template, or simply use it as guide as they develop the application. States may submit completed applications to

Application Template for Extending Section 1115 Demonstrations – FAST TRACK REVIEWS

CMS established a new “fast track” process for reviewing proposals from states to extend established Medicaid and CHIP 1115 demonstrations that reauthorize longstanding policies with proven program outcomes.  States that want to be considered for the fast track process must use the streamlined extension application for the 1115 extension pathway it is requesting to be extended under.  

Click on the following links to download and complete the fillable application template for:

Section 1115(a) extensions

Section 1115(e) extensions

Section 1115(f) extensions

Fast Track Extension Template

States may submit completed applications to  For more information on the Fast Track review process, please review the CMCS Informational Bulletin released July 24, 2015.

Section 1937 of the Social Security Act as in effect in 2009 – This document provides the statutory language in effect as of December 1, 2009 and may be helpful to section 1115 demonstration states analyzing benefits provided to certain demonstration eligible as of that date.”  

Benchmark Standards in Effect on December 1, 2009

More About the State Application Process

As of April 27th, 2012, States will need to include the following components in the demonstration application in order for CMS to consider it a complete submission.

  • A comprehensive description of the demonstration, including its goals and objectives
  • A description of the proposed health care delivery system, eligibility requirements, benefits and cost-sharing requirements for individuals who will be covered under the demonstration
  • An estimate of the increase or decrease in annual enrollment and expenditures as a result of the demonstration
  • Current enrollment data and projections
  • Other program features that would modify the State’s Medicaid and CHIP programs
  • The specific waiver and expenditure authorities that the State believes to be necessary to authorize the demonstration
  • A research hypothesis and evaluation design related to the demonstration proposal
  • Written documentation of the State’s compliance with the public notice requirements
  • The populations affected by the demonstration
  • The financing of the demonstration
  • Budget neutrality for the demonstration

CMS may also request, or a state may propose, additional information to aid in the review of the application. These requirements apply to new applications; requirements for extensions differ slightly and are described in the final rule at 431.412(c).