What you need to know

Who is eligible for CCSP?

Someone from the Area Agency on Aging will conduct a telephone screening to determine eligibility. If eligible, the applicant is placed on a waiting list until funding becomes available. Once the applicant comes off the waiting list, a nurse completes an in-home assessment. The applicant, nurse and physician determine which services are needed.

What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a medical assistance program that helps many people who can’t afford medical care pay for some or all of their medical bills. Medicaid will pay participating doctors, pharmacists, hospitals or other providers for your care.

In general, Medicaid covers doctors and nurses’ office visits when you visit for check-ups, lab tests, exams, or treatment, prescription drugs, inpatient/outpatient hospital services, nursing homes, emergency ambulance services, emergency dental care for adults, and comprehensive dental care for individuals under 21.

It also covers non-emergency transportation, medical equipment and supplies prescribed by a doctor, home health services ordered by a doctor and received in your home, and hospice care services provided by a Medicaid hospice provider

Some other services covered by Medicaid:

Case management, mental health clinic services, orthotics and prosthetics, podiatry services, and dialysis and services for end-stage renal (kidney) disease.

What are Medicaid Waiver programs?

Waiver programs help people who are elderly or disabled and need help to live in their home or community instead of a nursing home or other such institution. Waiver programs include:
• Service coordination (help with managing care needs and services)
• Skilled Nursing
• Personal support (assistance with daily living activities)
• Home health services (nursing, home health aide, and occupational, physical, and speech therapy)
• Emergency response systems
• Respite care (caregiver relief)

What are some of the Medicaid Waiver Programs?

Community Care Services Program (CCSP): This program provides home and community-based services to people who are elderly and/or functionally impaired or have disabilities. The program helps eligible recipients return to the community from nursing homes or remain in their own homes, the homes of caregivers as long as possible. Some additional CCSP services are alternative living services, adult day health care and home delivered meals. To apply for CCSP contact the Area Agency on Aging serving your area at 404.657.5258.

Independent Care Waiver Program (ICWP): This program offers services that help a limited number of adult (ages 21-64) Medicaid recipients with physical disabilities live in their own homes. The program is also available to persons with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). To apply for ICWP contact the Georgia Medical Care Foundation at 1.800.982.0411 or 678.527.3632.

Mental Retardation Waiver Program (MRWP): This program offers home and community-based services for people who have mental retardation or a developmental disability. A diagnosis of a developmental disability includes mental retardation or other closely related conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems that require the level of care for people who have mental retardation. For more information, call 770.254.7474.

Service Options Using Resources in a Community Environment (SOURCE): This program links primary medical care with various long-term health services in a person’s home or community to avoid preventable hospital and nursing home care or to return to the community from a nursing home or hospital. There is no waiting list for the SOURCE program. SOURCE serves frail elderly and disabled Georgians who are under 65 and eligible for SSI/Medicaid. To apply for SOURCE, call 770-907-7226 and press option one for the Intake Department.

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