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Government Assistance Programs

Funding for Health Insurance

State Medicaid Waiver Programs and Demonstration Projects
Some children with CAS can qualify for waiver programs (though waiting lists are usually in place). Click here for a listing of waiver programs by state.

What is a “Waiver” and How Can It Help Children?
From the Family Voices organization, a webpage that explains the origin and function of state medicaid waivers, “Katie Beckett” waivers, etc. “Medicaid Waivers are state-run programs that use federal and state funds to pay for health care for people with certain health conditions. Without Medicaid Waivers, thousands of children with special health care needs would either go without health care (because of their health condition and/or financial situation)”

Eligibility for Waiver Programs
Public Health Payment Systems. How is eligibility determined?

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Most states cover children up to their nineteenth birthday with family incomes of up to 34,100 a year (for a family of four). Some states cover children whose families have higher incomes. Your income and family size will determine whether or not your children qualify.