New Waivers To Fill Gaps in Continuum of Care

May 30, 2015
State of Alaska

Some seniors are in danger of losing access to the state’s Medicaid Waiver Program. The program pays the cost of their housing and nursing care. The state says to qualify for the C waiver applicants must meet Nursing Home Level of Care. The state plans to introduce two new waiver options to help seniors it says don't qualify.


Few Options for Seniors After Waiver

May 29, 2015
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The Alaska Department of Senior and Disabilities Services is being criticized for finding hundreds of seniors ineligible for a Medicaid waiver program that pays the cost of their housing and nursing care. The department's director defends the denials. He says the individuals who were denied the C waiver option don’t meet Nursing Home Level of Care. There is an apparent gap between the state’s disability services and the people who need them. 


Medicaid Denials Leave Alaska Seniors Reeling

May 28, 2015
Department of Health and Social Services

Many of Alaska’s seniors are in danger of losing their only means of paying for disability services. The state and the federal government partner in funding in-home and assisted living services for the seniors who qualify. Caregivers say the problem is individuals who met the state’s criteria for years are now being let go from the system.

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