The AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program (MCWP) is designed to provide an alternative to nursing facility care or hospitalization for individuals who meet specific criteria. In this article, we cover the MCWP, how it works, and how it can benefit you and your caregivers.
The MCWP is a Medicaid waiver program established in 1987 and renewed in 2023 for a five-year period. The purpose of the MCWP is to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of individuals living with HIV or AIDS who are at risk of institutionalization or need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) or instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). The MCWP serves individuals eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits diagnosed with HIV or AIDS, who have a physician’s certification of the need for skilled nursing facility level of care, and who meet other clinical and financial criteria. The MCWP is administered by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Office of AIDS, in collaboration with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and local agencies that provide case management and service coordination.
To qualify for the MCWP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
The MCWP offers a range of services and supports that are tailored to your individual needs and preferences. These services and supports include:
One of the benefits of the MCWP is that it allows you to self-direct your personal care services, meaning that you can choose who provides your personal care services, including hiring a family member as a caregiver. You can also decide how much to pay your caregiver within the limits set by the program. The MCWP pays your caregiver directly through an intermediary service organization (ISO) that handles payroll, taxes, insurance, and background checks. The ISO also provides training and support to your caregiver. By self-directing your personal care services, you can have more control over your care and reward your family members for their work.
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