Waiver Clients

The Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Programs (or simply, “Waiver Programs”) provide funding so eligible individuals can receive a variety of services in their own homes, rather than in a nursing home or other facility. 

They are called “waiver programs” because the Federal government waives certain rules to allow Medical Assistance/Medicaid funds to be used for these purpose.  Individuals who have been approved to receive Personal Care (or “Personal Assistance Services,” to use the Commonwealth’s language) through a waiver program generally pay nothing.

There are a number of waiver programs and each one has different eligibility requirements.  For more detailed information on the various programs, eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

Within the Department of Human Services, the Office of Long Term Living is responsible for administering these programs.  The OLTL be reached by phone at: 1-800-753-8827

Bridges Home Care is an approved provider for the following waiver programs:

PA Aging Waiver:

For patients who are 60 years of age or older, who are eligible to receive Medical Assistance, and who might otherwise have to reside in a skilled nursing home.

Attendant Care/Act 150 Waiver:

For patients between the ages of 18 and 59, who are eligible to receive Medical Assistance, are mentally alert and oriented, but suffer from some physical disability that might otherwise force them to reside in a skilled nursing facility.  A patient with a condition that does not meet the standard of requiring skilled nursing will probably not qualify for the Attendant Care Waiver, but may still be eligible to receive benefits under Act 150.

Independence Waiver:

For patients who are eligible to receive Medical Assistance, have one or more physical disabilities, and need assistance in order to remain in their communities.  The care is focused on keeping patients as independent and self-sufficient as possible.

OBRA Waiver:

For patients who are eligible for Medical Assistance and have severe developmental, physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy or similar conditions.

COMMCARE Waiver:

For patients for are eligible for Medical Assistance and have a traumatic brain injury.