Not everyone who receives SSI or SSDI is an adult with disabilities. Many families turn to SSI for support in getting a child in their family the long-term care that they need. Some children with disabilities require around the clock care and need assistance with basic daily activities. Unfortunately, every few years, the availability of support to provide home care funding is called into question. Medicaid and many community-based services allow parents or guardians of these children to care for their children at home or find home care for them. Children with disabilities and home care needs finally addressed.

Until earlier this month, the Children’s Long-Term Support Waiver Program was in its early drafting phases. As of September 13, 2019, a third draft was made available to the public. At this time, the Wisconsin Department of Health is welcoming questions and feedback from the community. The draft includes information on eligibility, requirements, which services qualify, and the process for enrollment and recertification.

In addition to providing information, this draft will hopefully stand as a benchmark for the financial requirements as well. The Children’s Long-Term Support Program’s funding comes through Medicaid but relies on the community of greater Wisconsin. This waiver program in recent years failed to meet the needs and expectations of families with disabled children.

Of the many changes made to the program, this draft claims that there will be no asset test. Instead, the waiver will look at the family’s income as a percentage reflecting the child’s SSI benefits. Through the new draft, families should have more resources available to them.

If these changes or information within this draft may affect you, respond to the Wisconsin Department of Health Service via email. They are accepting questions, comments, and will address concerns so long as they receive them before October 11, 2019.

SSDI application and appeals assistance are available. Contact an experienced law office, for guidance with your SSDI process.

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