Eligibility and Enrollment
What are Home and community based services? HCBS provides for supports and services beyond those covered by the Medical Assistance (also referred to as Medicaid) program that enable a person to remain in a community setting rather than being admitted to a Long Term Care Facility. Currently the Department of Human Services administers 12 HCBS programs. Each HCBS program has its own eligibility requirements and services. Home and Community Based Services are also known as Waiver Funded Services or Waiver Programs. The name waiver comes from the fact that the federal government “waives” medical assistance rules for institutional care in order for Pennsylvania to use the funds for HCBS.
DO I QUALIFY?
Pennsylvania residents must be “waiver eligible” to qualify. This includes all adults 60 years or older, or those 18 and older with certain disabilities or medical conditions. Individuals must also qualify financially with limited income or assets to be waiver eligible. Call P&S today and we will help evaluate and assist to determine waiver eligibility for free!
WHAT ARE THE INCOME AND RESOURCE LIMITS FOR LTSS?
For home- and community-based services (HCBS), an individual is income-eligible if gross monthly income is within 300 percent of the Federal Benefit Rate (FBR). A gross monthly income of $2,313 (2019) or less is considered income-eligible.
An individual is resource-eligible if total countable resources are at or below $2,000, after a $6,000 standard automatic disregard from the total countable resources of the applicant.
Examples of countable resources include assets such as cash (including checking and savings accounts), stocks, bonds, investments, and retirement plan assets