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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.



Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services §1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Renewal Application

On September 29, 2016, the California Department of Health Care Services, on behalf of the CDPH MCWP, submitted the 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Wavier Application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. The new Waiver term will be effective January 1, 2017, and will run through December 31, 2021.

CMS is currently in the process of reviewing the Waiver Application. A link to the Waiver Application draft is provided below:

MCWP Waiver Application DRAFT (PDF)

The approved Waiver Renewal Application and all associated final approval letters and accompanying documents will be posted to this website as soon as they become available.The current 2012-2016 AIDS Waiver and the associated CMS approval letter are provided below for reference:

AIDS Waiver 2012-2016 (PDF) 

AIDS Waiver CMS Approval Letter (PDF)  

On December 21, 2016, CMS granted a temporary 60 day extension for the current 2012-2016 AIDS Waiver, which runs through February 28, 2017. A second extension was granted by CMS on February 22, 2017, which runs through March 31, 2017. These extensions allow the Waiver to continue operating in order to allow additional time for the state to finalize the Waiver Renewal Application process.

AIDS Waiver CMS Extension Letter (PDF) 

AIDS Waiver CMS 2nd Extension Letter (PDF)   

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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