No, traditional Medicaid coverage does not pay for vehicle modifications or wheelchair van conversions. However, Michigan Medicaid does offer different waiver programs that may be able to provide financial assistance for wheelchair van conversions to eligible individuals.
MI Choice Waiver Program
Sometimes simply referred to as, “the waiver,” the MI Choice Waiver Program began in 1992 as the Home and Community Based Services for the Elderly and Disabled (HCBS/ED) waiver program. With MI Choice, eligible adults are able to receive Medicaid-covered services, like those provided by nursing homes, but can stay in their own home or another residential setting. Additionally, a participant may receive transportation services that include a wheelchair accessible vehicle or modifications to an existing vehicle if the participant requires the service to gain access to medical care, adult day care, or other covered services. The requested vehicle modifications must be deemed medically necessary to meet the needs of the program participant.
However, the specific coverage for a wheelchair van conversion may depend on several factors, including the individual’s medical condition, functional limitations, and transportation needs. Therefore, it is best to contact Michigan’s Medicaid office or your local Area Agency on Aging to determine whether a wheelchair van conversion is covered and to learn about any additional requirements or limitations.
Children’s Waiver Program
The Michigan Medicaid’s Children’s Waiver Program (CWP) may cover the cost of wheelchair van conversions for eligible children. The CWP provides comprehensive services and support to children with developmental disabilities and chronic medical conditions to help them live at home and in their communities.
One of the services provided by the CWP is transportation, which includes the purchase and/or modification of vehicles to accommodate the child’s medical needs. This may include the conversion of a van to make it wheelchair accessible. However, the specific coverage and eligibility criteria for this service may vary depending on the child’s individual needs and circumstances.
Organizations such as Easterseals MORC and The Arc can help determine if a wheelchair van conversion is covered under the CWP for a specific child. They can also provide more information about the CWP and the services available, as well as help determine if the child is eligible for coverage. In addition to the CWP, there are other wheelchair van grants and funding programs available for children with disabilities.
Michigan Area Agencies on Aging
Detroit Area Agency on Aging (1-A)
Serving the cities of Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Farms, and Harper Woods
Area Agency on Aging (1-B)
Serving Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw Counties
Senior Alliance (1-C)
Serving Wayne County
Region 2 Area Agency on Aging (2)
Serving Jackson, Hillsdale, and Lenawee Counties
Area Agency on Aging IIIA (3-A)
Serving Kalamazoo County
CareWell Services Southwest (3-B)
Serving Barry and Calhoun Counties
Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging (3-C)
Serving Branch and St. Joseph Counties
Region IV Area Agency on Aging (4)
Serving Cass, Berrien, and Van Buren Counties
Valley Area Agency on Aging (5)
Serving Genesee, Lapeer, and Shiawassee Counties
Tri-County Office on Aging (6)
Serving Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties
Region VII Area Agency on Aging (7)
Serving Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola Counties
Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (8)
Serving Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Osceola Counties
Region 9 Area Agency on Aging (9)
Serving Alcona, Arenac, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, and Roscommon Counties
Area Agency On Aging of Northwest Michigan (10)
Serving Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties
U.P. Area Agency on Aging (11)
Serving Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft Counties
Senior Resources of West Michigan (14)
Serving Muskegon, Oceana, and Ottawa Counties