Kansas’ Brain Waiver Helps with Life-Altering Injuries

(Kansas Reflector) — Twenty-six-year-old Jonah Wagner can now operate a light switch with his left arm — a maneuver he counts a win.

Wagner was left with a traumatic brain injury after an automobile accident in July of 2021. He was in a medically induced coma due to brain swelling and infections. Wagner spent about three months in rehabilitation care in Nebraska before he was sent home to begin in-state care.

He applied for state Medicaid-funded rehabilitation services while he was out of state, and was able to immediately start services when he returned, becoming one of hundreds of Kansans using the brain injury waiver. The waiver offers rehabilitation services for people who have a medically diagnosed brain injury. CONTINUE