Elderly Waiver (EW)

Elderly Waiver in Roseville, Minnesota

Page posted: 10/1/03

Page reviewed: 8/28/14

Page updated: 2/15/17

Legal authority

Federally approved Elderly Waiver Plan , Minn. Stat. §256B.0915


Elderly Waiver (EW): Program that funds home and community-based services for people age 65 and older who require the level of care provided in a nursing home and choose to live in the community.


EW promotes community living and independence with services and supports that address each person’s individual needs and choices. EW offers services that go beyond what is available through Medical Assistance.


To be eligible for the Elderly Waiver, a person must choose and receive at least one home and community service in addition to case management through EW, and:

Covered services

The following services are covered under EW. For a service-specific policy page, select a service from the list:

Non-covered services

The EW does not cover services that are available through other funding sources and third party payers, such as long-term care insurance.

Secondary information

A person who is on EW may receive waiver services and MA services funded through a managed care organization (MCO). This can be through Minnesota Senior Care Plus (MSC+) or Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO) .

Additional resources

CBSM – Alternative Care
CBSM – Rate methodologies for AC, ECS and EW service authorization
CBSM – Waiver/AC service provider overview
MHCP Provider Manual – Elderly Waiver and Alternative Care programs