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Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) Waiver

What makes someone eligible for the EDCD Waiver?

The EDCD Waiver provides services that help individuals live in their own home or community instead of a nursing home.  It is available to individuals 65 years of age and older, and to individuals of any age who have a disability.  Individuals who depend on another person for their supports and have medical or nursing needs may be eligible for the EDCD Waiver.


As with all Medicaid-funded services, there are also financial eligibility criteria.


Services offered through the EDCD Waiver:


If you answer yes to any/all of the following questions, you may be eligible for the EDCD Waiver.


Next Steps

If you think that you might qualify for the EDCD Waiver, contact your local department of social services or local health department. To find information on-line, visit the VirginiaNavigator website, select “Departments of Social Services” or “Health Department,” and put in your zip code. After you contact the department,  a nurse and a social worker will schedule a meeting with you to assess your needs.  If you are in the hospital, a discharge planner may also do this.  To view the assessment instrument that will be used (the Uniform Assessment Instrument or “UAI”), look on-line at at


For more information about this and other Medicaid programs, look on-line at the Department of Medical Assistance Services or contact the Medicaid Mentor Program (toll free) at 1-866-323-1088 or 757-461-8007.


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