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Waiver, Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
A Medicaid program that allows states to “waive” certain requirements so that people can receive support to live in community settings rather than in an Intermediate Care Facility

This term relates to the process by which states request "waivers" to federally funded programs and divert the monies to other structured funding streams; for example, the HCBS waiver allows states to divert monies from ICFs/MR to other types of residential services that are not ICFs/MR