Nov. 10, 2021

45. The Many Flavors of Medicaid Waivers 201

Imagine yourself on a vacation to a country where your native language is not spoken. Let's say Portugal. You do not know how to speak or read Portuguese, but you are given a map to help you get around.... but the map (of course) is printed in Portuguese. You can see the roads and have a vague idea of where you are going, but the map does not tell you what the BEST route is. And you won't know what lies between your current location and your destination because....YOU CAN'T READ PORTUGUESE! If you get lost it will be hard to ask for directions unless you can find someone who speaks your language. Are you feeling a little stressed out? State Medicaid regulations are not written in Portuguese, but amid all the other confusion about benefits, qualifications, forms, releases and assessments that must take place to qualify and receive Medicaid benefits the forest can often get obscured by all the trees. What is the difference between a Habilitation Waiver, a MI Choice Waiver, and a MI Health Link Waiver? Which one is the best fit for you or your loved one...and how do you decide (If you have been given a choice)? How does a Person-Centered Plan determine Medical Necessity for an individual with I/DD. Today's episode will try to answer these and more important questions for you! And if you have any questions that are not addressed, please contact us at We would love to hear from you!