Community First Choice
Purpose: To explain the Community First Choice (CFC) program that provides long-term services and supports (LTSS). CFC is for people living outside of a medical institution, who are eligible for categorically needy (CN) or alternate benefit plan (ABP) scope of care through Medicaid, and who meet nursing facility level of care (NFLOC) or the criteria to reside in an Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled (ICF/ID). CFC starts 7/1/2015
Functional eligibility is based on a CARE assessment under Chapter 388-106 WAC and 388-828 WAC and can be authorized by Home and Community Services (HCS) or Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).
For CFC only, if the client is active on SSI-related CN medical a program change is needed. The social worker/case manager will notify the financial worker of the start date and type of service via the 14-443 or 15-345. The financial worker will indicate CFC. This information is coded on the institutional care tab in ACES 3G or INST screen in ACES mainframe. This AU will be managed by DDA or HCS financial worker.
For clients not on Medicaid who are under age 65 and not on Medicare, a MAGI determination through the Healthplanfinder needs to be made first.
For clients who need classic Medicaid, determine eligibility under groups A, B, C, or D. Follow eligibility requirements for Medicaid.
If the client is not eligible under groups A, B, C, or D, determine eligibility under HCS Home and Community based (HCB) waivers . The financial worker will need to notify the social worker or case manager using the barcode 07-104, indicating that HCB waiver rules are needed for CN eligibility. If DDA is unable to authorize services under a waiver, send a 07-104 to HCS intake for an HCS waiver assessment.