Thursday, October 18, 2012

Medicaid waiver changes series

Family Voices Indiana continues to share information with families to help them better understand the changes to the waiver system. This is not new information, simply a review. If you have questions, feel free to contact us. 317 944 8982

The heart of the matter is this.........if you are waiting for a waiver, you will be targeted for the family supports waiver (FSW) by your earliest application date for any developmental waiver. You are no longer on a waiting list for the DD or Autism waiver. Those waivers have been transitioned to the Community Integration and Habilitation Waiver (CIH)  and the only way you get it is to meet the priority criteria.

Families who have individuals waiting for the developmental waivers need to understand these key points:

1. If a person is currently on the wait list for any of DDRS’ waivers- Autism (ASD), Developmental Disabilities (DD), or Support Services (SS), he/she will be moved to the Family Supports Waiver (FSW) wait list and targeted for the FSW by the earliest application date that he/she has submitted. They will not have to re-apply for any waiver, and their position on the list will be the same as it was on the Autism, DD, or SS wait lists.

2. If a person is currently on the Support Services (SS) waiver he/she will automatically begin receiving services through the Family Supports Waiver (FSW). These individuals will receive the same services and benefits as they were on the Supports Services waiver, as the new waiver is exactly the same, only named differently and includes two more services and an increased cap. They will not need to do anything.

3. If a person is on the Autism or the DD Waiver, he/she will automatically begin receiving services through the Community Integration & Habilitation (CIH) waiver. These individuals will receive the same services and benefits as they were on the Autism or DD waivers, as the new waiver is exactly the same, only named differently. They will not need to do anything. They can also access transportation services as appropriate.

4. Effective Sept 1 2012, there was  an increase in funding (from $13,500 to $16,250) on the Family Supports Waiver. The FSW is a capped waiver, but has been expanded to offer personal assistance care (PAC) as a service option.

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