The HIV/AIDS Waiver was developed in 1991. This waiver provides services to individuals who are diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), who are experiencing the symptoms associated with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and who would otherwise require care provided in a nursing facility or a hospital.
Individuals receiving Tech Waiver services have their care coordinated by a DMAS staff. Individuals receiving waiver services also receive other services offered through Medicaid. Examples include medications (for those individuals not covered by Medicare), physician visits, acute care hospitalizations, and certain therapies.
Individuals must have a diagnosis of HIV or AIDS and be experiencing medical and functional symptoms associated with the disease that require hospital or nursing facility care to receive services under the waiver.
Individuals must meet Medicaid eligibility criteria as determined by the local department of social services. Individuals who are found to be eligible for the HIV/AIDS Waiver and choose to receive services may apply for Medicaid using special rules which allow the individual to receive a higher income and still qualify for Medicaid.
Call the local department of social services in your area to schedule an appointment to be screened for long-term care services or if hospitalized, request a screening from the hospital social worker or discharge planner.
There is no cost to be screened to determine the eligibility for the waiver. Individuals found eligible for waiver services must apply and be found eligible for Medicaid. The DSS worker who processes the Medicaid application will use special rules that apply to individuals found eligible for the HIV/AIDS waiver.]]>