Sarah Jian Lopez Medicaid Waiver
The Sarah Jian Lopez Waiver is a Medicaid model waiver administered by the Division of DD since FY 1995. Medicaid guidelines require parental income and resources to be considered in determining a child’s financial eligibility for Medicaid when the child lives at home with the parents.
This requirement, called deeming parental income to the child, is waived for children who participate in the Sarah Jian Lopez Waiver. This waiver provides participants eligibility for all State plan Medicaid services in addition to waiver services. To be eligible for this waiver, the child must: Not be eligible for Medicaid under regular guidelines; be under the age of 18; live with their parents/family; meet financial guidelines; be determined to have a permanent and total disability; be eligible for ICF/MR level of care; and be at risk of needing ICF/MR services if waiver services are not accessed.
No more than 200 children can be served in the Sarah Jian Lopez waiver at any one time. The average cost of waiver services per participant in the FY 2009 was approximately $9,789.