Examples of Supports and Services for People in Medicaid Waiver Programs

If you are in a Medicaid Waiver or Home and Community Based Care program, you may be eligible for extra supports. Here’s a list of some kinds of Extra Help if You Are in a Medicaid Waiver Program

Different states offer different types of supports as part of their waiver programs. Please check with your caseworker and/or care coordinator to request a list of any available services or benefits. Here is a wonderful list from the members of Waiver Recipient Community Minnesota Facebook Group, detailing what type of extra support they were able to apply for and receive.

Most states are not as generous as Minnesota, but even if you don’t live in Minnesota, you may find some things on this list helpful.

The items and services below are only eligible if there is a medical need. For example, an air purifier may be recommended by a doctor for a person with severe asthma, or installing a fence may be an important safety measure for a child with severe developmental disabilities and a history of wandering/eloping.

Minnesota Supports

What supports have you been able to access through Minnesota Consumer Directed Community Supports Medicaid waiver program?

  • Sensory Supplies
  • Personal Assistance
  • Laundry reimbursement
  • Heavy Chore Services (e.g. Lawnmowing/Snow Removal)
  • Linens/pillows
  • Fence
  • Baby and anti-bacterial wipes
  • Paper & Toner
  • Mileage reimbursement to conduct goals approved in plan
  • Care. com membership
  • Pressure Vest
  • Behavior rewards
  • Adaptive outdoor swing set
  • Air purifiers
  • Utility reimbursement
  • Bath Stool
  • security items (motion detectors, countertop safes, batteries, digital locks)
  • Water purification system for entire house
  • Cab Fare for socialization & meaningful activity purposes
  • Seat Cushion
  • Adaptive trampoline class
  • private swimming lessons at Foss
  • Delivery Service / Shipping Handling Fees
  • Surgical Masks
  • Walker Accessories (cane attachment, cup holder), etc.
  • Weighted blanket
  • Angelsense GPS tracking annually
  • Medical gloves
  • Dry erase technologies (board/surface, markers, cleaner, etc.)
  • Crash Pad
  • housecleaning
  • mma classes
  • laminator / paper supplies
  • Walker (when insurance wouldn’t cover to repair/replace the broken one)
  • Pool Passes / Membership
  • Air Conditioning Unit + installation
  • Cab Fare for grocery shopping
  • ymca day camp (as respite)
  • social skills class tuition
  • Tray (for walker)
  • Cotton balls/pads
  • Waterproof Mattress
  • Angelsense undershirts
  • Velcro
  • Vitamix
  • Planner/Journal
  • Air filters
  • ReVibe for Behavior Modification tool
  • Misc Materials: Clasps, Cords, Straps, Carbiners
  • Private adaptive swimming lessons
  • steam cleaning floors due to incontinence issues
  • Laundry Reimbursement
  • Noise canceling head phones
  • Therapeutic listening
  • Swim diapers
  • GPS
  • Swing
  • Chew tubes
  • Tennis shoes if child has orthotics
  • Hair cuts ( my child eats hair)
  • Seat belt cover
  • Cameras for home while pca’s in home

The supports on this list require medical/therapeutic necessity. They are only accessible to people accessing their waiver thru Consumer Directed Community Support option and won’t be available to people accessing a waiver through traditional access.

For tips on how people applied and qualified, please take a look at this post on Approved Services. (You will need to be a member of the group to view this post)

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