Individuals aged 65 and older who satisfy requirements related to financial means and medical needs may qualify for monetary support for assisted living in New Hampshire. The state’s Medicaid program operates a home- and community-based waiver, whereby eligible seniors can obtain funding for diverse services provided in an assisted living facility. In New Hampshire, the Medicaid waiver is called the Choices for Independence (CFI) Waiver Program.

Qualification Criteria for the CFI Waiver Program

New Hampshire seniors must satisfy several criteria to qualify for waiver funding. Income and resource caps apply. An applicant’s income can’t be more than $2,523 per month, and their countable assets can’t be more than $2,500. Countable assets include certain properties, savings, stocks and bonds.

Seniors must also show that they need the level of care typically provided in a nursing home as assessed by the Bureau of Family Assistance. Additionally, applicants must be at least 65.

Services Covered by the CFI Waiver Program

New Hampshire’s CFI Waiver Program can help make senior care more affordable. Per Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey 2021, assisted living costs an average of $6,053 per month in New Hampshire. While waiver funding won’t cover the fees for bed and board, it can lower the price by covering the cost of diverse services.

Seniors must work with a case manager to manage services, which may include help with everyday activities, domestic duties, rehabilitation therapies and community transition services.