Third Party Billing
Autism Waiver Program

WHAT IS THE MARYLAND HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES WAIVER FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER?

A Medical Assistance waiver is approved by the federal government and allows a state to operate under special guidelines instead of standard Medicaid requirements. Waiver programs help an eligible person to receive services in the community and home rather than in an institution. Under the waiver program, the applicant's family income is not considered since the individual applies as a family of one. In the Maryland Autism Waiver program, services may include therapeutic integration, respite care, family training, environmental accessibility adaptations, and intensive individual support services.

At the current time, there are 150 children in Baltimore County on the autism waiver. They are a subset of the 900 children served by the waiver statewide. There are also in excess of 3,500 children statewide on the Autism Waiver Registry. The waiver is closed at this time, and interested parents should call the Autism Waiver Registry at 1-866-417-3480 in order to place their child's name on the waiting list. New children can be added to the waiver as the existing participants "age out" of the program, or no longer qualify for a variety of reasons.

In order to qualify for the waiver, individuals must meet eligibility guidelines in financial, technical, and medical areas. These guidelines can be more fully explained by calling the Office of Third Party Billing at 443-809-4130.


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