The Governor has requested funds to re-open the COMMCARE and OBRA Waivers according to Chava Kintisch, Esq., of the Disability Rights Network - and the Department of Public Welfare has confirmed that it will use these funds to do just that.
Per Chava Kintisch, "I would like to clarify that the Department of Public Welfare has publically stated at Medical Assistance Advisory Committee (MAAC) meetings that it will use the additional $15.578 million for 1280 (1282, to be exact) Waiver slots and end the waiting lists for the COMMCARE Waiver and OBRA Waiver. The Department has recently confirmed this with Dynah and me."
If you are disabled and need help, please get on one of these waiting lists. Please do it now! Call the PA Independent Enrollment Broker at 877-550-4227 and arrange for a home visit to get the paperwork started.
The COMMCARE Waiver requires that you had a traumatic brain injury from an outside force like a car accident, an assault, a fall, a sports concussion, domestic violence or other impact to the head or body. The benefits include rehabilitation and support.
The OBRA Waiver requires that you became disabled prior to age 22 from any cause - this includes a brain injury from any cause, not just a traumatic brain injury. The benefits include rehabilitation and support.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Barbara A. Dively, Executive Director
Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania
InfoLine: 484-751-5244 or 1-800-516-8052
Office: 215-699-2139 Fax: 215-699-5139