Public Health Funding
As funding for local health departments has decreased over recent years, new and innovative ways to raise revenue are necessary to prevent the spread of disease, respond to emerging health threats, and cultivate wellness in communities. To secure diverse funding, Texas has become the only state to secure flexible dollars allocated specifically for local health departments through the Section 1115 Waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Section 1115 of the Social Security Act gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services authority to approve experimental, pilot, or demonstration projects that promote the objectives of the Medicaid and CHIP programs. States can apply for Medicaid flexibility to test new or existing approaches to financing and delivering Medicaid and CHIP.
Diversifying Local Health Department Funding through Innovative Medicaid Waivers
On January 7, 2015, BCHC held a webinar highlighting what the local health officials from San Antonio and Houston have been able to do with the money that their health departments received ($50 million and $100 million, respectively). They also shared tactics on how other states can navigate this innovative approach to securing new public health funding.
- Shelley Hearne, DrPH
Director of BCHC
- Stephen Williams, MEd, MPA
Director of the Houston Department of Health and Human Services
- Thomas L. Schlenker, MD, MPH
Director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.
To watch a recording of the webinar, visit: http://naccho.adobeconnect.com/p6a6xr2220z/