Kids' Waivers

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Maine Medicaid Waivers

Maine currently has two waivers that are open to children. One waiver is an HCBS 1915(c) Medicaid waiver and the other is a TEFRA program. Both the TEFRA program and the 1915(c) waiver waive parental income.

Maine also has an HIV demonstration program and several adult-only waivers, including Elderly and Adults with Disabilities, Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services, Home & Community Services for Adults with ID or Autistic Disorder, Support Services for Adults with ID or Autistic Disorder, HCBS for Adults with Other Related Conditions, and HCBS for Member with BI.

Other Programs in Maine:

Maine Advocacy Organizations:

Katie Beckett Waiver

  • Target Population: Children who would otherwise require care in an institution with any type of disability, including medical, developmental, intellectual, or psychiatric conditions.
  • Ages: 0-18
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility, Nursing Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the program is based on the child's income only. However, Maine imposes a parental premium for families who earn more than 150% of the federal poverty line. See p. 52 of this guide.
  • Waiver Type: TEFRA
  • Spots: unlimited
  • Expiration Date: NA
  • Description: Provides Medicaid coverage only.
  • Online State Information: Katie Beckett Brochure and Katie Beckett Information
  • How to Apply: Apply through the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Waiting List: none
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

Services for Children with ID and/or Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Note: this waiver may no longer be operational.

  • Target Population: Children with intellectual disabilities or autism.
  • Ages: 5-21
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility, Hospital
  • Income Waiver: Yes, the waiver is based on the child's income only.
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 40
  • Expiration Date: 1/31/2014; we are unsure if this waiver is continuing, or if children are now being enrolled through Katie Beckett and provided services through state programs
  • Description from medicaid.govProvides home support, respite, communication aids, consultation, home accessibility adaptations, transportation for individuals with autism and IID, ages 5 – 21.
  • Online State Information: General page on Children's Developmental Disability
  • How to Apply: An application is available on this page.
  • Waiting List: There are 1356 people with developmental disabilities on Maine's waiting lists.
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.

Waiver for HIV

  • Target Population: Children and adults with HIV/AIDS.
  • Ages: all ages
  • Levels of Care: not applicable
  • Income Waiver: none
  • Waiver Type: 1115
  • Spots: currently 421
  • Expiration Date: 12/31/2017 (via an extension)
  • Description from medicaid.govThe MaineCare HIV/AIDS 1115 Demonstration Waiver began in July 2002. The goal of the Waiver is to provide more effective and earlier treatment to prevent, reverse, or delay disease progression. The Demonstration includes two populations: enrollees who are living with HIV/AIDS and have incomes at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and Medicaid/MaineCare members who live with HIV/AIDS and have incomes at or below 100% FPL.
  • Online State Information: HIV Services
  • How to Apply: Contact a Ryan White Services Office
  • Waiting List: none
  • Advocacy/Support Group: Let us know if there is one.