The Autism Waiver through Medical Assistance allows
eligible children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to receive Waiver
services to support them in their homes and communities. House Bill 99 was proposed by Delegate John Hurson during the 1998 legislative session. The General Assembly approved and required the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to apply to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a Home and Community-Based Services Waiver under Section 1915(c) of the Social Security Act, to serve children with autism. In August 1998, MDH applied for a section 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Service Waiver that would allow children with autism, determined to be eligible for institutional services in an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID), to receive Autism Waiver services in their home and community. On September 1, 2000, MDH received confirmation from CMS that Maryland’s Home and Community-Based Service Waiver for Children with ASD was approved.
Children and youth must be able to be served and safely maintained in the home and community through Autism Waiver services. Children and youth must meet financial eligibility for Medical Assistance; their monthly income may not exceed 300% of SSI benefits, and their countable assets may not exceed a maximum allowable amount depending on eligibility category. Note: Children and youth who are enrolled in another Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver must choose which waiver program best meets their needs.
For more information on the Autism Waiver, call the MSDE at 410-767-1446 or the MDH at 410-767-5220.
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