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Dear Community and Non-Profit Partners,

The State has submitted a waiver to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to begin the process of requesting a broad range of temporary flexibility the Department of Human Services can use if necessary to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 1135 waiver and subsequent requests for more specific authorizations will help Minnesota deal with changing health, safety, workforce and infrastructure needs created by the public health emergency.

The submission of the 1135 waiver begins the process to gain necessary federal approvals to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More waivers and amendments will be coming. DHS will keep you updated on the status of these federal approvals. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.

Minnesota Department of Human Services