Currently there are 8000 children and adults with specialness are on the list, waiting for funding for services that they need. Please take a few minutes to contact the members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Resources. The email template is at the bottom of the forwarded email below.
If you do not know what NOW and COMP Waivers are, I strongly suggest the you learn about them and go ahead and apply for your loved ones. The slots (funding) are allocated based on needs. When/if your status changes (death of caregiver, aging out of school system, a divorce of parents, etc.), it’s much easier to get funding if you are already on the waiting list. If your young child has Katie Beckett Deeming Waiver Medicaid, he/she would meet the qualification requirements of these waivers. The difference is that in addition to the Medicaid coverage of medical, drug and therapeutic services/expenses, your child would receive funding to help him/her become as integrated as possible in the community as he/she grows older. And once your child (regardless of age) is funded through NOW/COMP waiver, he/she will continue to have it as long as he/she resides in the state of Georgia (unless something drastically changes at the federal or state level) and there would be no nerve-wracking renewal process like with KB Medicaid Waiver.
Here is the link to an overview of NOW/COMP waivers https://dch.georgia.gov/sites/dch.georgia.gov/files/imported/vgn/images/…
Here is the link to the reference guide. http://dbhdd.georgia.gov/sites/dbhdd.georgia.gov/files/imported/DBHDD/Fi…
Last week the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities held an event called “We need more DD Waivers” Advocacy Day at the Capitol. Those who attended asked legislators to not only support the 100 new NOW Waivers in Governor Deal’s recommended budget but also to increase those numbers to address the over 8,000 people on the waiting list. Advocates have asked legislators direct DBHDD to convert 20% or $4.75 million of unmatched state funds to Medicaid waivers.
This would allow the State to access an additional $10 million in federal funds and support up to 1,000 new waivers.
How can you help?
Please send an email to Chairman Dempsey at firstname.lastname@example.org TODAY but no later than Monday, February 1 and cc: email@example.com on each email. Ask her to support the UNLOCK ask for more DD waivers and share in 3-4 sentences about the challenges you and your family faces as a result of not having the NOW/COMP waiver.
Please don’t forget to copy firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story of why more NOW/COMP waivers are desperately needed.
Thank you for your support. If you need additional information call GCDD Public Policy Director Dawn Alford at (404) 805-9741 or email at email@example.com.
Template for NOW/COMP Letter:
Subject: Please support the Unlock Request: Convert state unmatched funds to additional new DD waivers
Dear Honorable Representative <insert last name of committee member>:
<State your name, where you live, the name of the person with a DD who needs a waiver, your relationship to that person. Tell how long you (or your loved one) have been waiting for services and the kinds of difficulties and challenges it causes your family not to have access to the needed care and services. Tell what a waiver would do to help your family. Be sure to mention if it has impacted anyone’s ability to go to work or if you have lost a job because you have not had the waiver for your loved one.>
I respectfully request that you support the UNLOCK request to support the Governor’s recommendation for 100 new NOW waivers and direct DBHDD to convert 20% or $4.75 million of unmatched state funds to Medicaid waivers to support up to 1,000 new DD waivers.
Thank you for your consideration.
<Give your full name, complete mailing address, phone number, and email address>