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What Is the Medi-Cal Waiver? - Undivided Live with Lisa Concoff Kronbeck

What Is the Medi-Cal Waiver? - Undivided Live with Lisa Concoff Kronbeck

Published: Jan. 21, 2022Updated: Jun. 6, 2023

Have you heard of Medi-Cal’s Home and Community-Based Services for the Developmentally Disabled (HCBS-DD) Waiver? (It's also called the "institutional deeming" waiver.) What is it, for starters? Are all children who are Regional Center clients eligible? What does Medi-Cal pay for under the waiver? Why would your child need this if your family already has health insurance? What are the steps to apply? Do you have to fill out a form every year? What should you do differently if your child is under the age of three?

On Thursday, January 6, 2022, Undivided's Public Benefits Specialist, Lisa Concoff Kronbeck, answered these questions and much more!

Check out the clips below for highlights or watch the full recording here!

In short, the institutional deeming waiver excludes your income from being counted toward your child's eligibility for Medi-Cal. Listen to Lisa break down how this all works in the clip below:

Undivided CEO Jason Lehmbeck recognizes that parents might be worried about their child being institutionalized. Listen to this clip for his reassurance that the waiver will not institutionalize a child! It helps them access the support and resources they need at home.

If your child receives ABA therapy, listen to Lisa's explanation in the clip below for how Medi-Cal is changing and how that may affect ABA and other services.
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Lisa Concoff Kronbeck, Undivided Public Benfits Specialist
Lisa Concoff Kronbeck, Undivided Public Benefits Specialist

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