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What are Medicaid Waiver Services

If you are elderly or disabled, Medicaid waiver programs can provide Medicaid coverage for many different services that help you stay in your home.

The Department for Medicaid Services provides the following waiver programs. The links below offer more information about these programs.

What's New

CMS Final Rule Webinar (June 13, 2014) - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted new final federal regulations which address home- and community-based setting requirements for Medicaid waivers. View a webinar on this topic conducted on June 5 by Cabinet for Health and Family Services staff. Or, you may review the handout or the Q and A document about the CMS final regulations.

Who is eligible for Medicaid waiver services?

You may be eligible for Medicaid waiver services if:

  • You get a written certification by a physician that if Medicaid waiver services were not available, nursing facility services would be ordered and you would be admitted to a nursing facility in the immediate future
  • You meet the nursing facility level of care defined by Section 4 of 907 KAR 1:022
  • You choose to be at home and get waiver services
  • You meet the income and resource limitations required by the program.

For more specific eligibility information, visit the program links above.

How can I apply

An application for Medicaid may be filed at your local Department for Community Based Services Office. At the time of application, an individual or family should be advised to bring proof of:

  • Social Security Number;
  • Proof of Identity (Drivers License);
  • Proof of Citizenship (Birth Certificate);
  • Health Insurance;
  • Medical bills
  • Income
  • Resources
  • life insurance policies or burial reserves

A Medicaid application is more likely to be processed sooner if the individual or family provides the above information.

What about Consumer Directed Option Services?

Learn more about Consumer Directed Option (CDO) services.




  • MAP-418 -Medicaid Waiver Services Fact Sheet

Contact Information

Division of Community Alternatives
275 East Main Street,
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: HA/HCB Waiver Services
CHFS DMS Webmaster


Last Updated 4/6/2017