This Oklahoma Medicaid waiver is designed to help seniors remain living in their homes or the home of a family member instead of in a nursing home environment. Seniors participating in the ADvantage Program can access a variety of long-term care services, such as personal care and assistance, home modifications for increased safety and access, and adult day care.
Participants in this program have the option of letting the state manage the care services they receive or self-directing their own care. Self-direction — also referred to as participant direction — is through the associated program option Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Services & Supports (CD-PASS).
Under the CD-PASS program option, participants are free to choose their own personal care providers. Family members are eligible to be hired and paid to provide personal care services for the participant. While exceptions exist, in some conditions, spouses and legal guardians can be paid to provide care.
Another option available under ADvantage is assisted living. Formally called the Assisted Living Service Option (ALSO), ALSO is available to all program participants.
To be eligible for this Medicaid waiver, an applicant must be a resident of Oklahoma. Age, functional ability, income, and assets are also all qualifying criteria for the ADvantage Program.
Age and functional ability are related. Persons 21 years of age and over are eligible if the Social Security Administration designates them as disabled. Persons 65 and over do not require full disability; instead, they must have a need for the level of care provided in a nursing home.
Financially, the ADvantage Waiver requires that applicants qualify for Oklahoma’s Institutional Medicaid, also referred to as SoonerCare.
In 2023, the SoonerCare income limit for long term care services for a single applicant is $2,742 per month.
If the applicant is married and his or her spouse is not also applying for Medicaid, there are spousal impoverishment standards in place. This is intended to prevent the non-Medicaid spouse from having too little income on which to properly live. As of 2023, in certain circumstances, the applicant spouse is able to transfer up to $3,716 per month of his or her income to the non-Medicaid/non-applicant spouse.
The countable resources (asset) limit is $2,000. However, certain assets are considered exempt. For instance, an applicant’s primary home, given he or she lives in it, and the equity value is under $688,000, is exempt.
In addition, the community spouse is entitled to one-half of the couple’s joint savings and retirement accounts, up to $148,620 (in 2023).
Couples interested in preserving as much of their retirement savings as possible should consult a Medicaid planning adviser. These experts can usually help to restructure assets and income so that couples can maximize the spousal allowances and ensure eligibility. Read more.
The ADvantage Waiver is intended to help the elderly remain living at home. Waiver participants can be approved to receive any of the following services. Certain unskilled services, most relevantly personal care, are available for self-direction.
The ADvantage Waiver is a SoonerCare program managed by the Aging Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. More information on the program is available here.
One can apply online or call the Medicaid Services Unit at 800-435-4711 for assistance with applying.
While available throughout Oklahoma, waiting lists may exist.