Medicaid waivers targeting children with autism spectrum disorder reduce the need for parents to stop working

Douglas L. Leslie, Khaled Iskandarani, Diana L. Velott, Bradley D. Stein, David S. Mandell, Edeanya Agbese, Andrew W. Dick

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Abstract

Several states have passed Medicaid home and communitybased services waivers that expand eligibility criteria and available services for children with autism spectrum disorder. Although previous research has shown considerable variation in these waivers, little is known about the programs' impact on parents' workforce participation. We used nationally representative survey data combined with detailed information on state Medicaid waiver programs to determine the effects of waivers on whether parents of children with autism spectrum disorder had to stop working because of the child's condition. Increases in the Medicaid home and community-based services waiver cost limit and enrollment limit significantly reduced the likelihood that a parent had to stop working, although the results varied considerably by household income level. These findings suggest that the Medicaid waivers are effective policies to address the care-related needs of children with autism spectrum disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-288
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy

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