Medicaid Waiver Program Information For New Jersey

Return to, or visit our New Jersey Assisted Living Directory section for facilities information.

This page should offer a general overview for the Medicaid Waiver Programs for New Jersey, with links on where to find further information, program brochures, and eligibility information.

Most states have some sort of “waiver” program that will help with the costs of care if a person wishes to live at home, or in a residential care community.  The “catch” is that the person must be qualified to live in a nursing home, and the services that are received in the alternative facility such as assisted living, or home care must be obtained at a lower cost.

This is a very generalized description, and the details, definition, and program qualifications may vary from state-to-state.

For New Jersey, there is the Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver Program (AL) that “subsidizes assisted living placements of eligible low-income older adults and adults with disabilities through a Medicaid Home and Community Based waiver program.”

Of course, there are eligibility requirements, such as financial and clinical considerations.

A new, consolidated program called the “Global Options (GO) for Long-Term Care” is effective as of January 1, 2009

As of the aforementioned date, “the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) received approval from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to consolidate three Medicaid-supported home and community-based service programs operated by DHSS into a single program known as Global Options (GO) for Long Term Care.”

A great, first place to start to get a ‘human’ to answer your questions or concerns about this program is by contacting your local New Jersey Area Agency on Aging (find out what does an Agency on Aging does).   To get in touch with your local Area Agency on Aging, call 1-877-222-3737.

We hope this has been a helpful place to learn more about the Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver and the GO (Global Options for Long-Term Care” programs in New Jersey.

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  1. Frank Miles

    My wife is 65 and is disabled with Parkinson’s Disease,Paranoia and Diabities. She is presently in an Assisted Living facility, Leisure Park in Lakewood NJ. My wife presently collects Disability. I am 66 years old and continue to work to help pay for the cost of my wife staying in the Assisted Living facility. I collect Social Security but I use that money to pay for my wife’s stay in Assisted Living plus funds from my pay. I was hoping to retire but it now appears that will not happen due to my expenses. I was windering if I am entitled to anything through the state.