Georgia SOURCE Medicaid Waiver
What are Medicaid Waivers?
Medicaid pays for long term care services in nursing homes. For nursing home qualified persons that choose to live at home or in a residential community, Medicaid will pay for those services if they can be obtained at a lower cost. These are called Home and Community Based Services, Waiver Funded Services, Medicaid Waivers or simply Waivers.
SOURCE Waiver Overview
The SOURCE program is a Georgia Medicaid waiver only available in certain areas of the state. SOURCE is an acronym for Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment. The program is designed for frail, elderly and disabled Georgians who require the level of care typically provided in a nursing home. The program allows eligible individuals to receive care in their homes or communities (such as assisted living residents or personal care homes) and avoid long term nursing home placement.
SOURCE Waiver Qualifications
The applicant's location, health and finances all play a role in the eligibility guidelines for the SOURCE Waiver. As the waiver is intended to divert individuals from nursing homes, the first requirement is that they need nursing home level care. Second, they must reside in an area of the state in which this waiver is offered. Third, they must qualify for Georgia Medicaid financially.
Georgia Medicaid has both income limits and financial resource limits. For 2013, the income limit for an individual is $2,130 / month and the asset limit is $2,000. If that person is married and their spouse is not applying for Medicaid, the limits change. Spouses are allowed additional income and up to $115,920 in financial resources; their Community Spouse Resource Allowance.
IMPORTANT* It is possible to receive Medicaid even if one's income or assets are over the limits. Georgia has a Medically Needy Medicaid program that will considered persons with exceptionally high medical and care costs even though they are over the limits. Another option is to restructure one's finances through the creation of Medicaid exempt trusts and annuities so that their countable income and assets are within the acceptable limits. Persons hoping to qualify using this approach should be aware that legal or financial expertise is necessary. One can find Medicaid planning assistance here
Services / Benefits
Services are determined on a case-by-case basis and can include any of the following:
-24 hour Medical Access
-Adult Day Health
-Alternative Living Services
-Emergency Response System
-Home Delivered Meals
-Home Delivered Services
-Personal Support Services
How to Apply / Program Availability
This program is not available in all Georgia counties. If your county is not included below, check with your local Area Agency on Aging
. There is also a similar waiver called CCSP waiver
which is available statewide.
One can apply for the SOURCE waiver by contacting their local Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children county office. A list of contact information is available here
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Page Reviewed / Updated - Jan 2013