Family Caregivers Under the PA Medicaid Waiver Program

While it is not a large part of the program, family provided care under the PA Medicaid Waiver program is getting larger.


There are two ways a family member can provide care to a medically appropriate relative and get compensated under the Medicaid Waiver program. The person can get hired by a homecare agency that is part of the Waiver program and then be assigned to their family member. Or the person can be hired by the Waiver recipient or another family member who becomes the Common Law Employer (CLE) and the person providing care becomes the Direct Care Worker (DCW). Pennsylvania currently contracts with a company called Public Partnerships Limited (PPL) to administer this program.


For a family member to get compensated to provide care under the Medicaid Waiver program that family member may not be the Waiver applicant’s agent under a power of attorney, legal guardian or social security representative payee.


This link below contains resources to the program.


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Robert M. Slutsky has practiced Elder Law since 1992 and was one of the area’s first elder law attorneys. Rob Slutsky advises clients on Medicaid and Asset Protection Planning, Guardianships, Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration, Special Needs Planning and General Estate Planning. He has represented for profit and non-profit elder care providers and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Rob Slutsky has been the solicitor for the Montgomery County Office of Aging and Adult Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Montgomery County, for almost two decades.