Texas Waivers – What are they? Who is eligible? Where do I apply?

A Medicaid waiver allows the state to be more flexible in how it spends money to provide some long-term services to some people with disabilities or elderly citizens who are eligible for Medicaid. In the past, people had to be in nursing homes/facilities or other large institutions for Medicaid to pay for long-term services. Waivers override certain rules for how Medicaid funding can be used. If they meet the eligibility requirements, people can get the services they need in their own homes or other community settings, instead of having to go into a nursing facility or institution.

In Texas, there are several different waiver programs that offer a broad range of home and community-based services to people with disabilities and elderly citizens. There are different rules and funding amounts for each of the different waivers. In general, though, they all help people get the supports they need in the community. 

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to

  1. Identify and understand the basic services offered through the various Texas Waivers;
  2. Understand the eligibility criteria; and
  3. Where to go to apply for each waiver

Presenter: Sandy Hardy-Smith

Sandy Smith has over 30 years of experience in employment services for people with disabilities, including a 16-year history with the Social Security Administration benefits planning and work incentive programs.

Sandy joined the Imagine Enterprises team in April 1999. She currently works as a Chief Operating Officer. She provides training and technical assistance on the local, state and national level, with the goal to improve the ability of SSA beneficiaries to go to work, earn a living, and maintain or obtain needed health insurance. Sandy oversees the Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Project, a cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration; the Benefits Offset National Demonstration (BOND), a contract with Abt Associates; the Employment Network (EN) initiative, this grant and the WIPA project are products of the 1999 Ticket to Work and Work Improvement Act of 1999, and a DARS fee-for-service agreement.  Sandy is committed to spreading the word of “WORK” and dispelling the myths and addressing any fears through the amazing use of work incentives!

Payment: Purchase Order or payment by check or credit card must be received 7 days prior to start date. If you have any problems when trying to pay for the course, contact UNTWISE at (940) 565-4000 for further assistance.

Registration Deadline: Registration will be closed 7 days prior to training commencement.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made 2 weeks prior to training to receive a full refund. No refund will be provided if cancellation is made within 2 weeks of training. Please fax cancellation to (940) 565-3960 or email UNTWISE@unt.edu.

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