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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​If you have a disability or are elderly, you may qualify for a 1915(c) Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid waiver. These waivers provide the support you need to live as independently as possible. The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) offers six waiver programs:

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You may qualify for a 1915(c) HCBS waiver if:


If you are interested in 1915(c) waiver services, you first must be determined to be financially eligible for Medicaid. You can apply for Medicaid online using kynect, by calling the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) at (855) 306-8959 or in-person at a DCBS office. Documents that are helpful to have when applying are listed in the Medicaid Waiver Services Fact Sheet.

Once you are ready to apply for 1915(c) HCBS waiver services, you can complete your application online using kynect​ or in-person at an Aging and Disability Resource Center or a Community Mental Health Center.

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Please view our Who To Call: Quick Reference Guide for a list of common waiver-related questions and who to contact for help.

Recent Updates from the 1915(c) HCBS Waiver Programs

​ABI Renewal: ​DMS will begin the renewal process for ABI waivers with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Public comment on waiver application renewal begins Dec. 6, 2021 and continues until Jan. 9, 2022. Read the public comment notice​​ for more information. 

​New Home Delivered Meals Option for Waiver Participants: Mom's Meals is approved to provide home-delivered meals service to Kentucky 1915(c) HCBS waiver participants. Mom's Meals delivers to participant doorsteps ready-to-heat meals that are good for up to 14 days. Review the announcement from DMS for more information.​

Kentucky's Enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) Spending Plan Partially Approved: The American Rescue Plan Act includes a temporary 10 percent increase in federal funding, known as FMAP, for HCBS programs. States must submit a plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) before using these funds. CMS recently approved part of Kentucky's spending plan. Review the Enhanced FMAP Partial Approval letter for information on what was approved and Kentucky's next steps. 

Kentucky​​ Integrated Health Insurance Premium Payment (KI-HIPP) Program: DMS recently held a training webinar for 1915(c) HCBS waiver case managers on the benefits of the KI-HIPP program for waiver participants. The recorded webinar and the webinar presentation now are available. For more information visit the KI-HIPP​ website.

HCB Renewal: 1915(c) HCBS waiver applications expire every five years. To continue providing HCB services, DMS must renew the waiver with CMS. DMS made updates to the HCB waiver and held a public comment period between Oct. 5 and Nov. 6, 2020. Read the Official DMS response to HCB public comments.  DMS is submitting HCB to CMS for approval.

Electronic Visit Verification (EVV): DMS is implementing EVV for some 1915(c) HCBS waiver services. Visit the DMS EVV website for more information. ​

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