Medicaid Waivers

Consider applying for Medicaid Waivers.

This could be one of the most important things you do to get support throughout your child's life.

Waivers are a part of Medicaid, which is a state-funded health insurance. They're also called Home and Community-Based Waivers. 

If you can live at home, but only with support, the waivers give that support.

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What kinds of services?

  • Waivers provide services for children and adults
  • Therapies
  • Help with independent skills
  • Specialized equipment
  • Employment training and support 
  • Help taking part in community activities

If there is any chance you or a family might need support services at some point, it's worth getting on the list! 

Medicaid Waivers provide services that are not typically covered by Medicaid.

There are different kinds of Medicaid Waiver — some for kids who live at home, and some for adults who live on their own or in a group home.

What kinds of services do Waivers cover?

  • Respite care for caregivers

  • Help adapting a home or car to be accessible

  • Buying (and learning how to use) special devices your child needs

  • Help with things like bathing, cooking, and paying bills so an adult family member can live in their own home 

Medicaid waivers can:

  • Give you extra support that you might not be able to get from Medicaid alone

  • Help your child with a disability live with you at home or close by

    Image of two thought bubbles. The first bubble contains the text 'My child won't need that kind of support! That's for people with more severe problems...' The second bubble contatins the text 'But what if they do need help when they're older? What do you have to lose? Apply now just in case! You can always turn down the services if you don't need them.'

See our Medicaid Waiver Guide to learn more. (Click to open it in a new window.)


Sources: Medicaid, LDH


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