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HB455 Waiver

Medicaid administrators used budget limitations, emergency regulations, and other sneaky tricks to work around the law. The autism waiver defined by HB455 died.

This wavier was created by House Bill 455 (summary / bill). Governor Paul Patton signed HB455 on April 2, 2002. We are very grateful to Rep Scott Brinkman for sponsoring this legislation.

AN ACT relating individuals with autism. Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to define autism and require Department for Medicaid Services to apply for a Medicaid waiver for services to children wi th autism; specify services to be included in the waiver application and provide r requirements; require report from cabinet on services provided; amend KRS Chap ters 200, 347, and 387 to include service to individuals with autism.

Here are the Autism Waiver Recommendations. These recommendations were generated by the Autism Spectrum Disorder Consortium. This thirty one member team of parents and service providers was formed in March 2002 at the request of the State Interagency Council for Children's Mental Health. The Consortium was charged with providing a unified voice to assist SIAC in understanding the needs of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

This is a draft of the Autism Waiver presented by Tricia Salyer on 9/26/02. We have until 5 PM on 9/27/02 to respond with comments and concerns. Tricia is required to submit the waiver on 10/01/02. Once this is complete, David Hanna will begin working on regulations for the Autism Waiver.

The ASD Advisory Consortium replied to Tricia Salyer's draft of the Autism Waiver on 9/27/02. The consortium had a number of concerns. Please review this reply and share your thoughts with a member of the consortium.

A friend is researching autism waivers in other states. Their research is not complete, but I thought it was important to share this information as it becomes available. It is shocking how far Kentucky lags our neighbors.

The Tennessee legislature passed Senate Joint Resolution 567 on July 4, 2002. A resolution to require an inter-departmental study and to create a special joint committee to study autism and measures the state of Tennessee can take to serve the needs of children with autism and their families. The result was an Autism Services Proposal for the Tennesee Legilature (12/20/2002) with appendices.