GO: Global Options for Long-Term Care: A Medicaid Waiver Program

GO: Global Options for Long-Term Care: A Medicaid Waiver Program
Your Care is Your Choice: Go for it!

From: The New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services

What is GO?

Global Options for Long-Term Care (GO) is a Medicaid Waiver program for eligible seniors and adults with physical disabilities who are at risk of placement in a nursing facility but wish to receive services in the community. It can also help people currently in nursing facilities move back to the community.

GO is designed to supplement the assistance already being provided by family, friends and neighbors. GO strengthens the ability of caregivers to continue in their vital role as primary support providers.

GO participants work with a care manager to create an individualized plan of care based on a comprehensive assessment of the participants healthcare needs. Once the plan of care is approved, community-based services are put in place and monitored to ensure quality and effectiveness. In certain cases, GO participants may hire their own employees.

What are GO Services?

*Care Management
*Respite for Caregivers
*Home Modification
*Special Medical Equipment & Supplies
*Attendant Care
*Chore Services
*Personal Emergency Response System
*Home Delivery meals
*Social Adult Day Care
*Caregiver & Participant Training
*Home-based Supportive Care
*Assisted Living Facilities & Programss
*Adult Family Care

Services may also include one or more Medicaid State Plan services, such as:

*Personal Care Assistant (PCA)
*Home Health Aide
*Adult Day Health Services

Who is Eligible for GO?

To be eligible to participate in GO, you must be a New Jersey resident who:

*Is age 65 and older or age 21 to 64 and determined disabled* by the US Social Security Administration or the NJ Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services.
*Is a US Citizen or a qualified alien.
*Require (or will require within 30 days) the level of care traditionally given in a nursing facility but wishes to remain at home.
*Meets the program’s financial eligibility criteria for Medicaid.
*Has no alternate means to obtain the needed support.

**Individuals between the ages of 21 and 64 who are chronically mentally ill, mentally retarted or developmentally disabled may be eligible after a service need review by the DHSS/DHS Service Review Team.

How do I apply for GO?

Applying for GO is a two-part process. Your financial eligibility and healthcare needs must be determined appropriate for program services. For details on where to apply in your county, please contact your Area Agency on Aging at this toll-free number:


Please visit the website of the NJ Department of Health & Senior Services, Division of Aging and Community Services at http://www.aging.nj.gov for more information on GO and other home and community-based alternatives for individuals seeking long-term care and support.

Your care is your choice. GO for it!

**If available services are denied, suspended, reduced or terminated, you (or someone authorized to act on your behalf) may submit a request for a Fair Hearing in accordance with the New Jersey Administration Code 10:49-10.3 to the Office of Legal and regulatory Liaison, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, PO Box 712 Trenton, NJ 08625-0712. Such a request must be submitted within 20 days from the date of the notice of the denial, suspension reduction or termination of services.

This information is from the NJ Department of Health & Senior Services/Division of Aging and Community Services.

Disclaimer: I have never used this service so my opinion is neither for or against it. You must contact the department for more information at the above phone number.


About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to GO: Global Options for Long-Term Care: A Medicaid Waiver Program

  1. jwatrel says:

    Remember everyone, there is a big difference between Medicare and Medicaid. You must know what both programs are before applying for anything.

    Liked by 1 person

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