State, County DD Boards Must Take Proper Steps before Recommending Disenrollment from Medicaid IO Waiver

Post by: Eric Jones | Posted Date: December 11th, 2013 | Categories: Social Security Disability

Thanks to the 1999 Olmstead decision, people with disabilities have the right to live in the community. To do this, they often need services that will come to their home. The Medicaid Individual Options (IO) waiver program is designed to provide this help, including assistance with personal care, home modifications, transportation, home-delivered meals, nutrition help, interpreter services, specialized equipment, adult day services and even supported employment. These services help a person stay in the community, rather than living in an institution.

However, getting approved for an IO waiver is difficult because there are long and slow-moving waiting lists in each county in Ohio. Once a person does have an IO waiver, it is very important that the waiver is not taken away because it is extremely difficult to enroll on this waiver again. Being removed from the waiver is called disenrollment. Sometimes, if a person has not used services under their waiver for more than 90 days, or about three months, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities or the county board of developmental disabilities will request to have that person disenrolled. However, county boards of developmental disabilities have to do things in a specific way, according to Ohio law.

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