ISSUE 4

Allow Service Members to Retain their Earned Priority for Receiving Medicaid Home and Community‐Based Services Waivers

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Key message

State Medicaid eligibility requirements and lengthy waiting lists can hinder military families from obtaining supplemental support for members with special needs during critical transition periods. States can assist military families by facilitating their ability to earn the same priorities afforded to every eligible state resident.

Discussion points

By states extending active duty service members' use of their state of legal residence (i.e., where they pay taxes, vote, register their vehicles, hold a driver's license, etc.), they can register their family member with special needs for a Medicaid waiver.

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Issue Status Key

The composite rating for this issue is based on the following criteria:

  • Star
    Bill introduced and currently active.
  • Blue square
    State has made movement towards achieving desired outcomes; for example, allowing service members to enroll their exceptional family member in the state they designate as their legal residence (such as where they pay taxes or vote) to stabilize their request for support.
  • Yellow square
    State has not made changes that move towards achieving desired outcomes.