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Medicaid Waivers

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Summary

States are encouraged to allow service families who have members with special needs to register in advance for state Medicaid waivers to expedite community-based services when families leave military service.

Key Message

State Medicaid eligibility requirements and lengthy waiting lists can hinder military families from obtaining supplemental support for members with special needs during critical transition periods. States can assist military families by facilitating their ability to earn the same priorities afforded to every eligible state resident.

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The TRICARE ECHO program provides supplemental care services for military family members with special needs, but these benefits are lost when families leave the service. States can support transitioning families by allowing them to register in advance for state Medicaid waivers - instead of waiting until they have left the service � reducing waiting times for needed community-based services.