Medicaid Waiver Programs fund services above and beyond basic Medicaid that help people of all ages who have a disability, blindness or who are aging. "Waiver" means that these programs are exceptions to the usual Medicaid requirements. The waivers allow the states to offer Medicaid funded services in the person's home or community, rather than in an institutional setting. Additionally, these waivers do not consider the parent's income, but are based on the applicant's income and resources. The applicant must be Medicaid eligible. The types of services that are offered through the Medicaid Waiver Programs are respite care, therapies, nursing services, minor home modifications, adaptive aids, supported employment, etc.
Medicaid Waiver 101 is a 14 minute video available in English and Spanish that provides a brief overview of Texas Medicaid Waiver Programs. The video is a joint project of the Texas Center for Disability Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, Imagine Enterprises, and the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.
Additional videos available in both English and Spanish regarding services, intake, and eligibility can be found on the Alamo Local Authority website.
The waiting lists for services are long (up to 9 years!) The quicker you take this step and make the call, the faster your child will become eligible for services. You can always decline services once your child is eligible, but it is impossible to "jump" ahead!