CMPDD’s Medicaid Waiver Program Update

The Elderly & Disabled Medicaid Waiver (E&D Waiver) is a statewide program designed to provide in-home assistance to qualified Medicaid beneficiaries. Beneficiaries must be 21 years of age or older. They must qualify by either SSI Medicaid or 300% of SSI Medicaid. They must require assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing, eating, ambulation, and/or transferring; or instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) such as laundry, light housekeeping, errands, and/or assistance on community outings. Registered Nurses and Licensed Social Workers work together as a team to case manage Medicaid eligible beneficiaries.

Effective July 1, 2020, CMPDD received an increase in Medicaid Waiver slot allotment from 2,400 to 2,674 slots. This higher allotment was based on the increased request for home and community-based services. It was granted by the Division of Medicaid. The District will be allowed to serve 2,674 clients in our seven-county service area. Additional case management teams will be hired to accommodate the increase in total slot allotment. This will allow 274 more beneficiaries the opportunity to enroll in the E&D Waiver program in efforts to prevent or delay institutionalization.

To remain in compliance with all state and federal guidelines and safety precautions during the Covid-19 pandemic, Medicaid Waiver Case Managers continue to conduct monthly case management contacts with their clients via telephone, or other virtual/video conference methods. These exceptional methods of contact are utilized under the direction of the Division of Medicaid. Case Managers also conduct face-to-face, in-home visits as necessary while utilizing all Covid-19 safety precautions. The face-to-face, in-home visits are necessary:

  • If the client is unable to be contacted by telephone or virtually
  • If the client is unable to communicate by telephone or virtually
  • If the client has unmet needs that cannot be adequately addressed by telephone or virtually
  • If the Case Manager has identified or received a report of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of the client
  • If the initial or transfer assessment and application packet is needed.

For more information on Elderly & Disabled Waiver services, please contact CMPDD’s Mississippi Access to Care (MAC) Center at 1-844-822-4622. Or contact Teresa Burrell-Shoto, RN, Case Management Director at 601-855-5914 or Individuals who own an agency seeking to become a Medicaid Waiver service provider should contact the Division of Medicaid, Long-Term Care Bureau at 601-359-6141.

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