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AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program

The AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program (MCWP) provides services designed to allow people with AIDS to remain in their homes, stabilize their health, improve their quality of life and avoid costly institutional care.  The OA AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program Fact Sheet (PDF)Opens in a new browser window.provides an overview of the program’s provisions, eligibility requirements, and essential information for enrollment. 


AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program Waiver Renewal: 2017 - 2021

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in collaboration with the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) intends to submit the 1915 (c) Home and Community–Based Services (HCBS) AIDS Medi-Cal Waiver Program (MCWP) Waiver Renewal Application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 1, 2016, but no later than September 30, 2016.

The MCWP seeks public comments about the Waiver Renewal Application Draft (PDF)Opens in a new browser window. in order to obtain approval from CMS for the renewal of the current MCWP Waiver, which expires on December 31, 2016. The proposed MCWP Waiver will be effective upon approval from CMS, from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2021.

Public Comments

The public comment period will start on May 16, 2016 and ends at 5:00 pm on June 16, 2016. Any written comments, regardless of the method of transmittal, must be postmarked or received electronically by 5:00 p.m. on June 16, 2016 for consideration.


Please submit all comments using the Public Comment Template (DOC)Opens in a new browser window. in writing or via email to the following addresses:


Mail Delivery:                                                  

ATTN: Drew Young

California Department of Public Health

Office of AIDS/ Medi-Cal Waiver Program

P.O. Box 997426, MS 7700

Sacramento, CA  95899-7426


Email:                   MCWPWaiverRenewal@cdph.ca.gov


MCWP Waiver Renewal Resources

Resources for Providers

MCWP-Related Websites 

About this Program

MCWP provides comprehensive case management and direct care services at no cost to persons with HIV disease or AIDS as an alternative to nursing facility care or hospitalization. Case management incorporates a collaborative interdisciplinary team approach consisting of a nurse case manager and a social work case manager who work with the client and his/her physician, family, caregiver(s), and other service providers to determine and provide needed services. Eligibility requirements, program services, and enrollment information (PDF)Opens in a new browser window..

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