When California wants to make significant changes to its Medicaid program, it must take one of two steps: either (1) amend its State Medicaid Plan – the State’s contract with the federal government; or (2) receive an exemption or Medicaid waiver from portions of Title XIX of the Social Security Act by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Medi-Cal waivers are programs that provide additional services to specific groups of individuals, limit services to specific geographic areas of the state, and provide medical coverage to individuals who may not otherwise be eligible under traditional Medicaid rules.
The Department of Health Care Services has a number of Medi-Cal waiver programs that provide home and community-based services, family planning services, specialty mental health services, and managed care to specific groups of eligible individuals. Information found here can assist the general public in understanding the services available under Medi-Cal waivers, how to access those services, and to provide general information about Medi-Cal waivers.
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