Florida Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waivers

Home and Community-Based 1915(c) Waivers and Concurrent 1915(b) Managed Care Waivers for Respite Support

Medicaid is a program in every state that pays for medical assistance for certain individuals and families with low incomes and resources. It is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for America’s poorest people. Because Medicaid is funded jointly by the federal and state governments, the services paid for vary from state to state. In addition to medical services, Medicaid will pay for home and community-based services (HCBS) through the state plan as well as through Medicaid waivers that offer services as a lower-cost alternative to treatment in a medical or long-term care facility, such as a nursing home. Respite is usually paid for through one or more of the following types of waivers: research and demonstration (1115), managed care (1915b) combined with HCBS (1915c), and HCBS (1915c) waiver programs.  

 In Florida, the Cystic Fibrosis, Project AIDS Care, and Traumatic Brain Injury waivers have been moved to operate in conjunction with their Managed Care Waiver. Respite is included under the LTC side of the waiver.

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