State Programs that Work in Conjunction with Medical Assistance

Medical Assistance, MA, is a federal and state program that is administered to the states. In Minnesota, the program is called Medical Assistance.  Included are other programs that can help Minnesota families. To be eligible for the following programs, an applicant must be MA eligible.

Alternative Care:

Alternative Care is a state funded program that supports home and community based services for persons 65 and over. The program provides services to prevent and delay transitions into nursing facilities. The program prevents the impoverishment of eligible seniors and shares the cost of care with clients by maximizing use of their own resources. The program covers trained caregivers, including respite care and home-delivered meals, adult day care, chore services and more. To apply for the Alternative Care program, call a Long Term Care Consultation Intake Worker in the county where you reside.

Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals:

This waiver is known as the CADI waiver. It provides funding for home and community based services for people that require the level of care provided in a nursing facility. CADI services can be provided in an applicant’s home, the applicant’s family’s home,  a relative’s home, a family foster care home or corporate foster care home, a board and lodging facility or an assisted living facility.

Medical Assistance Elderly Waiver:

The Elderly Waiver is a program that helps people 65 years or older pay for services that allow them to remain in their home or an assisted living facility

Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities:

This is a work incentive program that promotes competitive employment and the economic self sufficiency of persons with disabilities by assuring continued access to MA for necessary health care services. MA-EPD allows working people with disabilities to qualify for MA under higher income and asset limits than standard MA. The goal of MA-EPD is to encourage people with disabilities to work while enjoying the money that they earn.  

Community Alternative Care:

This waiver provides for funding for home and community based services for persons with chronic illness. The CAC waiver is designed to serve persons with disabilities that require the level of care provided in a hospital. A person can apply for the CAC Waiver at their local county social service agency.

Developmental Disability:

This waiver provides funding for home and community based services for people with developmental disabilities. These services may be performed in an applicant’s home, in the family home, in a relative’s home, in a foster care home or corporate foster care home.

Brain Injury:

The Brain Injury waiver provides funding for home and community based services for people who have traumatic brain injury. The services under this waiver may be performed in the applicant’s home, the family home, in a relative’s home, in a family foster care home, in a corporate foster care home, a board and lodging facility or in an assisted living facility.  A person can apply for the BI Waiver at their local county public health or social service agency. The Department of Human Services Division administers the BI Waiver.

For more detailed information, please call WL Brown Law Office and click the following link to the Department of Human Services.  www.dhs.state.mn.us

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