DHS Advantage Waiver to be cut beginning December 1st

DHS Advantage Waiver to be cut beginning December 1st

OK (KSWO)- The Department of Human Services notified clients today that the Advantage Waiver will be cut beginning December 1st.

The Advantage Waiver is designed to help elderly and/or disabled people remain living in their homes, or the home of a family member, instead of in a nursing home environment.  About 21,000 Oklahomans would be affected.

This is all due to state budget cuts. As you know, DHS is slashing $69 million from its program and services.

Jeff Wagner, Communications Manager for DHS, says there is a chance that people who qualify for the Advantage Waiver will also qualify for Medicaid Assistance that will pay for them to stay in a nursing home.

He says notices about that will go out by November 20 and if the state acts to restore funding before December 1st, DHS can reinstate the Advantage Waiver program.

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