530 Waiver is a program designed to allow individuals, 21 years or older, who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS that are at risk of nursing home placement to remain in their homes as long as possible.
530 Waiver is a program of the Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) and the Alabama Medicaid Agency and administered by the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham.
To be eligible, a client's income must be less than 300% of the Federal Benefit rate and the client cannot have resources in excess of $2,000. Clients must exhibit same disabilities and frailty for admission to a nursing home in Alabama as determined by their physician. The age criteria for the 530 Waiver is 21 years and older.
Admission to the Program
There is age requirement for this program of 21 years or older, a recipient must be financially eligible for Medicaid and meet the program's level-of-care criteria. New clients are only admitted as current recipients are discharged because the program is limited to a fixed number of "slots" available. Once accepted, a case manager will work with the client to develop a care plan based on the client's needs and choices. Services available through the 530 Waiver program include: case management, personal care, homemaker, companion services, respite care, and skilled nursing from an RN or LPN.
Financial Eligibility for program: (must meet at least one of the requirements below)
- Individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- SSI related protected groups deemed to be eligible for SSI/Medicaid
- Individuals whose income is less than 300% of the SSI Federal Benefit Rate (FBR) and cannot have resources in excess of $2,000 (FBR is the max amount payable to an individual with no income and is based on living arrangements)
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I qualify?
The 530 Waiver program requires proof of Medicaid eligibility. The individual must meet nursing home criteria, have a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, and be 21 years of age or older. The individual applying to receive services through the 530 Waiver program must have their physician verify that the individual is at risk of nursing home placement and all medical information that is provided.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost for these services nor do they affect your eligibility to receive other benefits.
How long does it take to get approved?
The approval process can take several weeks. To get started, contact the RPCGB office at (205) 623-3551.
What effects the services I can receive?
The following criteria affect the extent of services that you receive: your capabilities and activity level, your current level of care/family support and the cost of care required to meet your needs.
Does this program provide 24-hour care?
This program is not designed to provide 24-hour care or 40 hours a week care.
You're responsible for:
- All required cleaning and personal supplies needed for the worker to do their job.
- Reporting changes in medical condition or living arrangements to your case manager as soon as possible.
- Calling your case manager anytime there is a problem with a worker.