The Medicaid Waiver is a state program funded by Medicaid that provides supports and services for children and adults with disabilities in their family homes or communities instead of institutions. It exists to provide services that help alleviate economic, physical and emotional strain that may exist for families of children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
When your child is young, and depending on their physical needs, you may feel able to manage day-to-day with some help from extended family, friends, or other natural supports. While it is easy to hope these supports will always be available, unforeseen life-changing circumstances may occur.
Some families have delayed applying for assistance believing it to be their obligation to provide for their child without assistance. The result is that their child may exit high school without having a waiver in place to help address often costly services required post-high school, including access to work and daytime support opportunities.
Having a child with I/DD may alter employment prospects for parents at some point. Applying while your child is young and having a future plan that includes access to the Medicaid Waiver is advisable.
The Medicaid Waiver will not transfer if you move to another state. You will need to reapply for the waiver under that state. The Arc of Indiana has a dedicated web page with greater details about the Medicaid Waiver and how to begin the application process.