The Iowa Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers are Medicaid Programs from the federal government which have rules set aside or "waived". This gives you more choice about how and where you receive services. It is available to people with disabilities who need services and supports which may allow them to stay in their homes. You must be eligible for Medicaid and also meet the requirements for each waiver.
Iowa currently has seven Medicaid HCBS waivers. For more information or to apply, contact your local Department of Human Services office or go to their website to apply online.
The Consumer Choice Option is an option that is available under the HCBS waivers. The option will give you control over a targeted amount of Medicaid dollars. You will use these dollars to develop an individual budget plan to meet your needs by directly hiring employees and/or purchasing other goods and services. The Consumer Choices Option offers more choice, control and flexibility over your services as well as more responsibility.