A waiver is a special program designed by a State to cover needed home and community-based services (HCBS) as an alternative to receiving care in an institution such as a nursing home. To become a waiver participant an individual must qualify by meeting certain criteria. Each waiver will have different criteria; for example, having a certain medical condition or needing a specific level of care. For example one Maryland waiver program called the Living at Home Waiver is a statewide program for people with physical disabilities, between the ages of 18 to 64, who need assistance with daily living. Another is called the Older Adults Waiver for adults age 50 and older that provides assistance to help older adults continue to live in their homes or in licensed assisted living facilities.
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