The District of Columbia operates a Medicaid home and community-based services waiver for individuals 65 years old or older or with disabilities. The waiver document it submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and for which it received approval, indicates that the “medically needy” are a covered eligibility category. However, DC advocates were recently informed by DC Medicaid officials that individuals with incomes over the “special income category” limit (300% of the Supplemental Security Income’s federal benefit rate) could not qualify for the waiver unless they established income trusts. Several organizations, including NSCLC, signed a letter directed to CMS asking that the agency clarify whether DC is required to provide coverage for medically needy individuals, and, if not, whether alternative methods are available for eligibility. Read letter.
In The News
NSCLC Executive Director Kevin Prindiville calls on Congress in his latest Huffington Post blog to act to update the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program to help low-income seniors like Dollie.
NSCLC Directing Attorney Eric Carlson is quoted in a Nov. 19, 2014 article in Governing concerning Medicaid reimbursement for care outside nursing homes.
Dollie, 73, lives solely on income from Supplemental Social Security for all of her living expenses. But the program needs an update. Watch Dollie’s story and then help NSCLC restore this important poverty program.
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