NC Innovations Waiver

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The Medicaid Innovations Waiver help Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) live a more independent lifestyle. The local management entity/managed care organization (LME/MCO) receives a set amount of money (capitation) each year that is used to help people get I/DD services.

The NC Innovations Waiver amendment has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and will be implemented on November 1, 2016.


To be part of North Carolina’s Innovations Waiver, you must:

  • Meet the requirements for Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID) level of care
  • Live in an ICF-IID or be at risk of being placed in an ICF-IID
  • Be able to stay safe, healthy and well in the community while using NC Innovations Waiver services
  • Need and use NC Innovations Waiver services listed in your person centered plan at least once a month
  • Want to use NC Innovations waiver services instead of living in an ICF-IID

How to Apply

If you are eligible, your Local Management Entity - Managed Care Organization (LME-MCO) can help you get NC Innovations services. There are only a certain number of NC Innovations Waiver slots. If the slots are full, your name will be added to the Registry of Unmet Need.


To learn more about these services, contact your Local Management Entity - Managed Care Organization (LME-MCO).

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