What Are Some Available Medicare Waiver Programs?


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Available Medicare waiver programs include section 115 research and demonstration projects, section 1915(b) managed care waivers, section 1915(c) home and community-based services waivers, and concurrent section 1915(b) and 1915(c) waivers. The secretary of Health and Human Services uses section 115 research and demonstration projects when authorizing experimental and demonstrative projects regarding the Medicaid program and the Children Health Insurance Program, says Medicaid.

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This waiver approves eligibility for more people to access Medicaid programs, covers services not included in Medicaid and provides service delivery systems to enhance care, improve on efficiency and lower medical costs, states Medicaid. Section 1915(b) managed care waivers regulate managed care providers, make the county or local government a choice counselor that assists individuals to pick a managed care plan, provide additional services using savings provided by the state’s managed care delivery system and limit entities that provide particular Medicaid services.

Section 1915(c) home and community-based services waivers allow states to provide long-term care services including standard medical and nonmedical services. These services are provided in a home- or community-based setting and include personal care, respite care, case management, home health assistance and habilitation, concurs Medicaid. Concurrent section 1915(b) and 1915(c) waivers allow states to provide both long-term care benefits and home and community-based services.

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