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Kentucky Medicaid Receives Federal Approval for New Waiver

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, February 26, 2008  
Contact Information:  Media Contact: Gwenda Bond or Vikki Franklin (502) 564-6786  


Kentucky Medicaid Receives Federal Approval for New Waiver
Program Will Allow State to Serve Individuals with Brain Injuries in Community Settings

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2008) Kentucky's Medicaid program has received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to start a new waiver program to better serve individuals with acquired brain injuries in community settings.

In his proposed budget, Governor Steve Beshear included funding of $6.5 million in fiscal year 2009 to serve 50 individuals and $18.7 million in fiscal year 2010 to serve 150 additional individuals. These funds would cover the state’s share of the new program.

"I'm very pleased that the federal government has recognized the importance of creating alternatives to institutionalization for Kentuckians with acquired brain injuries," said Gov. Beshear. "This program will allow Medicaid to offer greater supports to individuals so they can live at home after they have been through rehabilitation. I urge the General Assembly to maintain the recommended funding level to ensure the necessary care is available for these individuals."

The waiver will serve Kentucky residents age 18 and older with acquired brain injuries (ABI). It provides an alternative to institutional care for individuals who have reached a plateau in their rehabilitation level, and require maintenance services to avoid institutionalization and live safely in the community.

This new long term care waiver will complete the continuum of care by complementing Kentucky's existing ABI waiver program, which focuses on intensive rehabilitation services. The waiver also provides the option for self direction of services.

"Medicaid must continue to find innovative, cost-effective solutions that allow us to maximize the range and quality of care available to those we serve," said Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller. "The new acquired brain injury waiver will do just that by creating additional capacity for individuals with acquired brain injuries to be served outside institutional settings."

Plans call for Medicaid to roll out the new waiver services later this year.

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Last Updated 2/27/2008