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The High Technology Home Care Program is a Vermont Medicaid program that employs a combination of technology, supplies and services to help elderly or disabled Vermont residents whose disabilities or functional ability would otherwise require them to live in a nursing home. Beneficiaries are able to reside in their homes, in the homes of family members or friends and in some cases person living in nursing homes are able to return to living outside these institutions.
Technologies that are typically used by program beneficiaries include, but are not limited to ventilators, feeding tubes, CPAP and dialysis machines. However, assistance under this program is not limited to medical technology. Personal care and homemaker assistance is also available to help individuals live at home.
The "Hi-Tech Program" is under the jurisdiction of the Vermont Division of Disability & Aging Services.
In addition to being financially eligible for Green Mountain Care (Vermont’s Medicaid program) applicants must 1) not be (or be willing to not be) institutionalized 2) be technology dependent and 3) have a primary caregiver who can be trained in the operation of apparatus.
Financial eligibility changes year to year and depends on whether one lives in Chittenden County or elsewhere in the state (limits are slightly higher in Chittenden). In 2017, the ballpark monthly income limit for the Hi-Tech Program is $1,058 / month. Elsewhere in Vermont, the limit is $1,008. Persons with income that exceeds this level may still qualify through a share of cost method where incomes up to approximately twice the regular limit would be permitted.
Green Mountain Care also considers the applicant's countable assets. Single applicants are permitted up to $5,000 in countable assets but their home, provided the value of their home equity does not exceed $560,000, is exempt (not counted towards the total). Married applicants, should the spouse not be applying for Medicaid, can have a much higher level of assets. They are permitted to hold up to $120,900 in 2017. Joint assets valued up to this amount can be allocated to a non-applying spouse.
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The exact services afforded to Hi-Tech Program participants are determined by their individual needs. These might include:
Vermont's Division of Disability and Aging Services, Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living is responsible for the administration of this program. They offer several ways to contact them to learn more and / or to begin the application process. One can call (802) 871-3069, visit their webpage, or complete an online form.