Alaska currently has four waivers that are open to children. Three are HCBS 1915(c) Medicaid waivers and one is a TEFRA program. While the TEFRA program waives parental income, we do not know whether the other waivers count parent income or not. See this brochure for an overview of Alaska’s waiver programs or this page on HCBS waivers. Alaska also has a Community First Choice Program that may allow some children with disabilities to access additional personal care services.

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Last updated 8/22/23

Programs in Alaska

  • 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. Parent income is not counted.
  • Waiver Type: TEFRA
  • Spots: unlimited
  • Expiration Date: NA
  • Description: Provides Medicaid coverage only.
  • Online State Information: This brochure or Alaska TEFRA from Comagine Health
  • How to Apply: Contact the Department of Public Assistance or use this link. Once you apply through Public Assistance, you will be contacted by Comagine Health. You may also contact the Statewide Specialized Medicaid Unit at (907) 465-3382 or 1-800-478-7778.
  • Waiting List: none

Also called CCMC Waiver

  • Target Population: Children who are medically fragile and/or technology dependent.
  • Ages: 0-21
  • Levels of Care: Nursing Facility
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 382
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2026
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides care coordination, day habilitation, employment services, residential habilitation, respite, environmental modifications, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment, and transportation for individuals who are medically fragile ages 0-21.
  • Online State Information: Alaska Waivers
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-877-6AK-ADRC (1-877-625-2372) or Senior & Disabilities Services at 907-269-3666. For more information see this brochure.
  • Waiting List: There are 772 people with developmental disabilities on Alaska’s waiting list, but this waiver tends not to have a waiting list.

Also called Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Waiver

  • Target Population: Children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism.
  • Ages: all
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: unknown
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 2150
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2026
  • Description from medicaid.gov: Provides care coordination, day habilitation, employment services, residential habilitation, respite, environmental modifications, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment, specialized private duty nursing, and transportation for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, and intellectual disabilities ages 0 to no maximum age.
  • Online State Information: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waiver Unit
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-877-6AK-ADRC (1-877-625-2372) or Senior & Disabilities Services at 907-269-3666. For more information see this brochure.
  • Waiting List: There are 772 people with developmental disabilities on Alaska’s waiting list.
  • Target Population: Children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism.
  • Ages: all
  • Levels of Care: Intermediate Care Facility
  • Income Waiver: yes? (not verified)
  • Waiver Type: 1915(c)
  • Spots: 620
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2028
  • Description from medicaid.gov:Provides care coordination, day habilitation, employment services, residential habilitation, respite, intensive active treatment, and transportation services to individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, or intellectual disabilities ages 0 or older who meet an ICF/IID level of care.
  • Online State Information: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waiver Unit
  • Official Federal Information
  • How to Apply: Contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-877-6AK-ADRC (1-877-625-2372) or Senior & Disabilities Services at 907-269-3666. For more information see this brochure.
  • Waiting List: There are 772 people with developmental disabilities on Alaska’s waiting list.

Additional Information

  • Alaska has proposed amendments for 2024 to the Children with Complex Medical Conditions, People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Individual Supports Waiver, and Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities for 2024. These amendments would allow a parent/guardian of a minor to be paid for care for a maximum of 40 hours per week. The proposed amendments are available at the bottom of this page.