Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver
Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, or just "waiver" is a program that helps people stay at home with the aid of supportive services instead of going to live in a nursing home, hospital, or institution for persons with developmental disabilities.
If you are enrolled in a waiver program, Medicaid could pay for such services as:
Help with personal care and homemaking
Temporary relief for your caregiver or family
Adaptations to make your home more accessible for you
Home delivered meals
Adult Day Care
Emergency Response Services
The number of consumers that can be enrolled in a waiver program at any one time is limited. There are three state agencies responsible for administering these programs, however, the local department of Job & Family services plays a role in all of them by determining financial eligibility for the services.
There are several types of waivers. Each waiver program serves people who have a particular set of needs. The financial requirements are the same for each waiver program, except the assisted living waiver.