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Alabama Receives CMS Waiver To Provide In-Home Care to HIV/AIDS Patients
HHS' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday announced the approval of a waiver that will allow Alabama to provide in-home care for people living with HIV/AIDS, the Associated Press reports. The waiver allows the state to provide coverage under Medicaid for people who would "not normally be eligible" unless they were in an institution, CMS Administrator Tom Scully said, according to the Associated Press. The waiver also allows the state to offer personal care, respite care, skilled nursing and companion services for people with HIV, AIDS or related diseases who have incomes of up to 300% of the Supplemental Security Income federal benefit level. The state will be able to serve 150 people, the Associated Press reports. Scully added, "This new waiver will keep people out of nursing homes and in their own homes. Everyone who can be served at home should have that option" (Associated Press, 4/17).
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