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Expanding the Definition of Brain Injury for Medicaid Consumers

16-Oct-2018 The State of Kansas, pending federal approval, has recently approved an expansion of its definition of
brain injury for the Medicaid waiver. The waiver will now include a) people who have acquired brain
injuries and b) children younger than 16. The Brain Injury Waiver Program is open to individuals
qualified for Medicaid and who meet other eligibility requirements.
Currently, the Medicaid brain injury waiver includes only people over 16 whose injury was caused by an
external force (fall, motor vehicle accident, gun-shot wound, etc.).The change/expanded definition
means that people affected by stroke, aneurysm, brain tumor, and other acquired brain injuries will
receive services – which range from home renovation to Occupational, Physical, Behavioral and Speech
Therapy and ensure that people with brain injury are as safe and independent as possible in their homes
and communities.
BIAKS gratefully acknowledges the advocacy of individuals and organizations across the State who
worked tirelessly for over 25 years for this expansion. The expanded definition change is expected
to take place in July of 2019. To learn more, contact our office at 913.754.8883x1 or

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