Medicaid Waiver Programs let states use Medicaid funds for long-term home and community-based services for people with disabilities or special healthcare needs in order to help them live in the community.
Before the creation of waiver programs, people had to live in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions like State Supported Living Centers or Residential Treatment Centers so Medicaid would pay for long-term services.
Some of the services you can get with a waiver are:
Personal care for help with things like bathing or dressing
Home modifications like ramps
Besides getting these additional services, people who receive waiver long-term services and supports also get full Medicaid health-care benefits. This is a huge help for children and adults who have complicated medical needs and no other health insurance.