A Medicaid Waiver Program covers services not usually covered by Medicaid, which may include medical equipment. These programs are available in many states and typically are targeted to specific disability or age populations.
States may offer a variety of services to consumers under an HCBS waiver program (Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers and the number of services that can be provided is not limited. (HCBS Waivers allow states that participate in Medicaid, to develop creative alternatives for individuals who would otherwise require care in a nursing facility or hospital.) These programs may provide a combination of both traditional medical services (i.e. dental services, skilled nursing services) as well as non-medical services (i.e. respite, case management, environmental modifications).
States have the discretion to choose the number of consumers to serve in a HCBS waiver program. Once approved by Centers for Medicare/Medicaid (CMS), a state is held to the number of persons estimated in its application but has the flexibility to serve greater or fewer numbers of consumers by submitting an amendment to CMS for approval.
The Federal government cannot determine eligibility for Medicaid, including waiver and demonstration projects. Each state has its own process and criteria for participation. If you are looking for information about how to apply for Medicaid, including waiver and demonstration programs in your state. Please refer to http://www.cms.hhs.gov/home/medicaid.asp for more detailed information.