42 CFR § 423.415 - Temporary waivers for entities seeking to offer a prescription drug plan in more than one State in a region
(a) General rule. Subject to paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, if an applicant seeking to become a PDP sponsor wishes to operate in more than one State in a region, and is licensed as a risk bearing entity in at least one State in the region, then the applicant may receive a temporary regional plan waiver for the States in which it is not licensed.
(b) Filing of application. The applicant must demonstrate to the satisfaction of CMS that it filed the necessary licensure applications with each State in the region for which it does not already have State licensure, except that no application is necessary if CMS determines that the State does not have a licensing process for potential PDP sponsors.
(c) Processing of application for temporary waiver. The Secretary determines the time period appropriate for the timely processing of the application for temporary waiver.
(d) Time limit for temporary waiver. The temporary waiver expires at the end of time period that the Secretary determines is appropriate for timely processing of the application by the State or States, but in no case is a waiver extend beyond the end of the calendar year.