IMPORTANT AUTISM ALERT
Call your State Senator Now
Ask them to Support an Increase for the
Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver
(Line item #5920-3010)
The Commonwealth’s Autism Commission has recommended increasing capacity and funding for the Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver to serve 500 children.
We propose that the Commonwealth provide an additional $2 million ($5 million total) in FY14 as a first step toward reaching that goal. The state will receive federal reimbursement for 50% of the cost of these services, making the actual cost to the Commonwealth $2.5 million. The House allocated $4 million to the program this year.
Additional funding for the Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver will:
Ø Increase the number of low-income young children with ASD that receive intensive in-home services (ABA, floor time, etc.) through the Medicaid Waiver. Research demonstrates that children with autism who receive intensive in-home services can make substantial progress, and in some instances acquire skills within typically developing ranges.
Ø Help more low-income children and their families receive coverage for services now covered under private insurance as a result of the Autism Insurance law (ARICA)
Ø Maximize Federal funds flowing into the state since the Commonwealth will receive federal reimbursement for 50% of the cost of Autism Waiver services.
Ø Enhance cost savings measures. Cost-benefit analysis has shown that if children with autism receive intensive services at a young age, the savings over time are significant. Estimated cost savings ranging from $187,000 to $203,000 per child ages 3-22 years, and a total lifetime savings range of 1 to 2 million dollars.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Ø IMMEDIATELY call or e-mail your Senator and ask them to support a $2 million increase (total $5 million) in funding for the Children’s Autism Medicaid Waiver (line item #5920-3010 ).
Ø To find your Senator go to www.wheredoivotema.com
Ø Let them know how important this funding is for your children or children you know. Give examples of how services can make a difference in a child’s life
Ø For more information, please contact Tina Fitanides at 617-357-8431 x 244, or firstname.lastname@example.org.