According to January 2022 data, Kansas has several Medicaid waiver programs designed to provide home and community-based services to eligible individuals who would otherwise require care in institutional settings. Here are some key Medicaid waiver programs in Kansas:
- Physical Disability (PD) Waiver: This waiver provides services to individuals with physical disabilities who require long-term care and wish to receive services in their homes or communities rather than in nursing facilities.
- Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Waiver: Designed for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, this waiver offers various services to support independent living, including personal care, residential services, and day programming.
- Brain Injury (BI) Waiver: This waiver is for individuals with traumatic brain injuries. It provides specialized services aimed at supporting individuals in their communities and avoiding institutional care.
- Autism (AU) Waiver: The Autism (AU) waiver provides support and training to parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis to help ensure children with ASD can remain in their family home.
- Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) Waiver: The Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) waiver provides children, with some mental health conditions, special intensive support to help them remain in their homes and communities. The term “serious emotional disturbance” refers to a diagnosed mental health condition that substantially disrupts a child’s ability to function socially, academically, and/or emotionally. Parents and children are actively involved in planning for all services.
- Frail Elderly (FE) Waiver: The FE waiver is for seniors aged 65 and older who require nursing facility level care but prefer to receive services in their homes or communities.
- Technology Assisted (TA) Waiver: This waiver assists individuals, including children, who have complex medical needs and rely on medical technology to live at home rather than in an institutional setting.
Services covered by these waivers can include personal care, case management, skilled nursing, therapies, assistive technology, home modifications, and more. However, each waiver program has its own eligibility criteria, service limitations, and enrollment process.
Navigating Kansas’ Medicaid waiver programs involves contacting the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) or their KanCare Medicaid managed care program. They provide information on specific services available, eligibility requirements, and the application process for each waiver program.
For the most current and detailed information on Medicaid waiver programs in Kansas, it’s advisable to contact the Kansas Medicaid agency or consult with a Medicaid specialist or an elder law attorney familiar with Kansas Medicaid services.
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