State Plan Amendments

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Louisiana’s Medicaid State Plan is an agreement between the state and the Federal government describing how Louisiana administers its Medicaid and children’s health insurance programs (CHIP). State Plan amendments (SPA) are requests from Louisiana to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to make a change to the Louisiana Medicaid program’s policies or operational approach, make corrections, or updates to the state plan with new information. For information about current State Plan amendment submissions click here

Below are SPAs Louisiana will send to CMS for review and approval beginning August 1, 2019. To provide feedback, please complete this form.

Item Number State Plan Title Summary of Change Date Posted Public Comments Due By Document Links


Hospice Services-Pediatric Concurrent Care

The purpose of this SPA is to amend the provisions governing hospice services provided concurrently with life-prolonging treatments to individuals under age 21 in order to update existing terminology and reflect current practices and to comply with federal requirements which allow for pediatric concurrent care.

9/8/2020  10/8/2020 


Attachment 3.1-A, Item 18, Page 8

Attachment 4.19-B, Item 18, Page 2