Iowa

Iowa currently has five waiver programs that serve children. All are 1915(c) HCBS waivers. We are not sure if they waive parental income or not. General information about waivers in Iowa can be found on the Iowa Home and Community Based Services page. A chart comparing waivers is also available. 

Iowa places all recipients, including children with disabilities, into managed care organizations (MCOs). 

Iowa also has two adult-only waivers, HCBS Waiver for Persons with Physical Disabilities and HCBS Elderly.

Waiting list information for Iowa waivers can be found here.

Iowa Advocacy Organizations:

Programs in Iowa

HCBS HEALTH AND DISABILITY WAIVER
  • Target Population: Children and adults with physical or other medical disabilities.
  • Ages: 0-64
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility, Nursing Facility
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 4411
  • Expiration Date: 10/31/2017
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides adult day health, home health aide, homemaker, respite, nursing care, consumer directed attendant care-skilled, consumer directed attendant care-unskilled, counseling, FMS, home and vehicle modification, home-delivered meals, independent support broker, individual directed goods and services, interim medical monitoring and treatment, nutritional counseling, personal emergency response, self-directed community support and employment, and self-directed personal care for individuals with physical disabilities, ages 0-64.
  • Online State Information: Health and Disability Waiver Information
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Apply for Medicaid through DHS. Children will then be assessed by Child Health Specialty Clinics.
  • Waiting List: 2972 individuals
CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH
  • Target Population: Children with serious emotional disturbance.
  • Ages: 0-17
  • Levels of Care: Hospital
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 1570
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2018
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides family and community support service, respite, environmental mods and adaptive devices, in-home family therapy for children with SED, ages 0 – 17.
  • Online State Information: Children's Mental Health Waiver Information
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Apply for Medicaid through DHS.
  • Waiting List: 1277 children
HCBS INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES
  • Target Population: Children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 14,203
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2019
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides adult day care, consumer directed attendant care skilled, day hab, home health aide, prevocational, residential based supported community living, respite, supported employment, nursing, FMS, consumer directed attendant care unskilled, home and vehicle mods, independent support broker, individual directed goods and services, interim medical monitoring and treatment, PERS, self directed community support and employment, self directed personal care, supported community living, transportation for individual with ID, ages 0 - no max age.
  • Online State Information: Intellectual Disabilities Waiver
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Apply for Medicaid through DHS.
  • Waiting List: 2926 individuals
HCBS AIDS

Also known as AIDS/HIV or AH Waiver

  • Target Population: Children and adults with AIDS or HIV.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 35
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2019
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides adult day health, homemaker, respite, home health aide, nursing services, FMS, independent support broker, consumer directed attendant care-skilled, consumer directed attendant care-unskilled, counseling, home delivered meals, individual directed goods and services, self-directed community support and employment, and self-directed personal care for individuals with HIV/AIDS, ages 0 - no max age.
  • Online State Information: AH Waiver Information
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Apply for Medicaid through DHS.
  • Waiting List: none
BI

Also known as Brain Injury Waiver

  • Target Population: Children and adults with brain injury.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility, Nursing Facility
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 1688
  • Expiration Date: 9/30/2019
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides adult day care, case management, consumer directed attendant care-skilled, prevocational services, respite, supported employment, FMS-consumer choices option, behavioral programming, consumer directed attendant care-unskilled, family counseling and training, home and vehicle mods, independent support broker-consumer choices option, individual directed goods and services-consumer choices option, interim medical monitoring treatment, PERS, self-directed community support and employment, self directed personal care-consumer choices option, specialized medical equipment, supported community living, transportation for individuals with BI, ages 0 - no max age.
  • Online State Information: BI Waiver Information
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Apply for Medicaid through DHS.
  • Waiting List: 1075 individuals
OTHER PROGRAMS