Waiver Programs

In 1981,Congress enacted Section 2176 of Public Law 97-35 of the Social Security Act, entitled the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. Through this enactment, certain statutory limitations have been waived in order to give states, who have received approval from the Department of Health and Human Services, the opportunity for innovation in providing home and community based services to eligible persons who would otherwise require institutionalization in a nursing facility, hospital or intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled {ICF/DD). Currently, Missouri has approval to provide services under the following waivers:

1115 Demonstration Waivers

Section 1115 of the Social Security Act gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services authority to approve experimental, pilot, or demonstration projects that promote the objectives of the Medicaid and CHIP programs. The purpose of these demonstrations, which give states additional flexibility to design and improve their programs, is to demonstrate and evaluate policy approaches.

Department of Mental Health Waivers

1915(c) Home & Community Based Waivers

1915 (c) waiver services are included in the Missouri Medicaid Program under the authority of a Home and Community-Based Waiver granted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Under a waiver, certain services that could not otherwise be reimbursed under Title XIX may be provided to a select group of participants, in order to provide an alternative to institutional care.