Waiver Approval Extends SeniorCare Through December 31, 2018
On December 18, 2015, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) received formal approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to renew the SeniorCare Waiver through December 31, 2018. The SeniorCare program will continue to operate as it does today. Current SeniorCare members will continue to be enrolled in the program as long as they reapply each year, meet the eligibility requirements, and pay the $30 annual fee.
Waiver Application Materials
On June 30, 2015, the Department submitted the waiver renewal application for continuation of the SeniorCare program. SeniorCare Waiver Final Application - June 30, 2015
History of the Program
On July 1, 2002, Wisconsin received the necessary waiver approvals from CMS to operate a portion of SeniorCare as a five-year demonstration project. Through its partnership with the federal government, the SeniorCare waiver extends Medicaid eligibility through Title XIX to cover prescription drugs as a necessary primary health care benefit.
Population and Numbers Served
The target population for services under this demonstration project is seniors 65 years of age or older with income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). Each month, the SeniorCare waiver program serves about 60,000 seniors.