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Special Needs & Disabled

Information for Special Needs Children and Teens

Information for Adults with Disabilities


Children and Teens Medicaid Medical Assistance Program

Institutionalized/Home-Based Program covers aged, blind or disabled persons who are in an institution or home-based program for 30 continuous days. This program uses an income limit that is 3 times the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) limit. It includes individuals in a hospital or nursing home as well as other individuals.

  • Katie Beckett Deeming Waiver Medicaid provides Medicaid to blind or long-term disabled children at risk of entering an institution. This Medicaid coverage allows the child to be cared for at home rather than having to enter a nursing home. To determine eligibility for Medicaid under Katie Beckett, consideration of the parents’ income and resources is “waived”. Only the child’s monthly income and resources are considered.  Qualification is not based on medical diagnosis; instead it is based on the institutional level of care the child requires. Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations outlines the criteria used to determine eligibility.Applications may be obtained from the county Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) office in the child’s county of residence or by contacting the Centralized Katie Beckett Medicaid Team at 678-248-7449. The completed application should be mailed to:Right From the Start Medicaid Project
    Centralized Katie Beckett Medicaid Team
    5815 Live Oak Parkway
    Suite 2-D
    Norcross, GA 30093-1700

Waiver Classes of Assistance provides additional services above what regular Medicaid pays. Each program defines what expenses are covered.

  • New Option Waiver (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) are designed to provide in-home and community-based services to Medicaid eligible mentally retarded and developmentally disabled individuals who do not receive Medicaid benefits under a cash assistance program. Parents may submit an application for children starting at three years old. Question about NOW-COMP waivers, please email  NOW-COMP-Questions@dhr.state.ga.us. FAQs about the program, click FAQs about NOW and COMP Waivers Nov-21-08

Resources for Special Needs Children and Teens

Parent 2 Parent of Georgia Roadmap for Success helps parents navigate the system from birth through adulthood.

Adult Medicaid Medical Assistance Programs

Aged, Blind, or Disabled Medicaid Classes of Assistance

  • Public Law Medicaid can continue Medicaid coverage for individuals who had previously been eligible for Medicaid due to receipt of SSI, but who became ineligible for this program, and consequently became ineligible for Medicaid, due to either an initial entitlement to Retirement, Survivors, Disability Insurance (RSDI) or an increase in RSDI.
  • Institutionalized/Home-Based Program covers aged, blind or disabled persons who are in an institution or home-based program for 30 continuous days. This program uses an income limit that is 3 times the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) limit. It includes individuals in a hospital or nursing home as well as other individuals.
    • Hospital Medicaid covers aged, blind or disabled persons who are in a hospital for 30 days or in a nursing home. This program uses an income limit that is 3 times the SSI income limit.
    • Hospice Care Medicaid provides Medicaid to terminally ill persons who wish to receive services at home or in a Medicaid participating nursing home from a hospice care provider. This type of Medicaid uses the same income and resource limits as listed above.
  • Waiver Classes of Assistance provides additional services above what regular Medicaid pays. Each program defines what expenses are covered.
    • Community Care Services Program Medicaid (CCSP) provides coverage to persons who wish to receive treatment under the Community Care Services Program at home rather than enter a nursing home.
    • New Option Waiver (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) are designed to provide in-home and community-based services to Medicaid eligible mentally retarded and developmentally disabled individuals who do not receive Medicaid benefits under a cash assistance program.
    • Independent Care Waiver Program (ICWP) provides Medicaid for individuals who meet criteria for Nursing Home placement, but remain at home. These individuals are severely physically disabled or have traumatic brain injuries. These individuals need more care than can be provided by CCSP.
  • Q-track Classes of Assistance provide limited benefits to Medicare eligible individuals. Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB) acts as a medical coverage supplement to persons on Medicare. The income limit is 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and the resource limit is twice the SSI limit. QMB pays the Medicare premium, deductible, and co-payment for Medicare recipients.
    • Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) is a class of Medicaid assistance that pays the monthly premium for Medicare Supplemental Medical Insurance (Part B) for individuals who meet certain financial criteria, but whose income or resources make them ineligible for Medicaid.
    • Qualifying Individuals 1 (QI-1) is a class of assistance that pays the monthly premium for Medicare Supplemental Medical Insurance (Part B) for individuals who meet financial criteria based on a percentage of the FPL. The eligibility criteria are identical to SLMB except that the coverage is time-limited depending on available State funds and the income limit is higher than the SLMB limit.
    • ABD Medically Needy Medicaid (AMN) provides Medicaid for the aged, blind or disabled who cannot qualify for Medicaid any other way. This program allows the individual or family to “spenddown” excess income with their medical expenses as a means of becoming Medicaid eligible.

Resources for Adults with Disabilities