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The Children's Autism Medicaid Waiver

Produced by Massachusetts Advocates for Children / Advocates For Autism of Massachusetts
Reviewed November 2010

The Children's Autism Medicaid Waiver is a way for the federal government to pay Massachusetts 1/2 the cost of intensive in-home services (such as ABA and DIR/floor-time) and other services that support children with ASD in their homes and communities, and lessen the chances that children will need institutional care.

There is not enough money for the Children's Autism Medicaid Waiver to help all the children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the state. At first, the waiver program will be small. Once we show that providing intensive in-home services works, we hope the legislature will be willing to increase the budget and the number of children served. (Keep in mind that the federal government is paying for 1/2 the program!) We think that the state may choose to limit the waiver program to children from low-income families, who need help most, at the beginning of this program. The Department of Mental Retardation is developing the state's waiver.

The legislature has shown that they know and care about children with ASD. They enacted and funded the Children's Autism Medicaid Waiver law very quickly. It is important for parents throughout the Commonwealthto tell  lawmakers that programs for children with ASD make a difference and that parents will ensure accountability. For more information on the waiver please visit our website at

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