The time spent waiting to receive home and community-based services through the Elderly and Disabled Adult Waiver will soon be over for 1,500 seniors and adults with disabilities.  That’s because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has recently given its approval to the state’s request to add an additional 1,500 Elderly and Disabled Adult Waiver slots, allowing for a total of 4,403 persons to now receive these services.

“As soon as the Legislature authorized the funding earlier this year, we began the process of getting approval to serve more people,” said Hugh Eley, assistant secretary for the Department of Health – Office of Aging and Adult Services. “It was important for us to get these additional waiver slots because it will significantly reduce the time applicants will have to spend waiting for services.”

The Elderly and Disabled Adult Waiver allows for services to be provided in a home or community-based setting for a qualifying person who would otherwise require care in a nursing facility.  Due to the increased demand for these services, there is a Request for Services Registry.  Those interested in applying for services need to be placed on the Registry first, as the application process does not begin until a slot becomes available.

Anyone interested in being added to the Registry should contact Louisiana Options and Long Term Care at 1-877-456-1146 (or TDD 1-877-465-1172), Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To qualify for the Elderly and Disabled Adult Waiver, individuals must be between the ages of 21 and 64 and have been determined to be disabled, or age 65 and older.  Applicants must need the level of care provided in a nursing home and must meet other financial and program requirements.