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What Is Medi-Cal’s Institutional Deeming Waiver?

What Is Medi-Cal’s Institutional Deeming Waiver?

Published: Feb. 18, 2022Updated: Jul. 12, 2022

Several government benefit programs, including IHSS, require that your child be enrolled in Medi-Cal before you can access services. For some families, however, parental income exceeds Medi-Cal’s qualifying threshold. If this is the case for your family and your child is a Regional Center client, your child can enroll in full-scope Medi-Cal — which provides the full range of covered benefits, not just emergency services — using the Medi-Cal Home and Community-Based Services for the Developmentally Disabled (HCBS-DD) Waiver. The HCBS-DD waiver is an institutional deeming waiver that is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities regardless of parental income, as long as your child’s personal income and resource levels fall below program thresholds.

In this clip, Undivided's Public Benefits Specialist, Lisa Concoff Kronbeck, explains the waiver and how families can use it to access services. Learn more about the waiver and hear the rest of the conversation here!

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