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Adult Autism Waiver Renewal Public Comment

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is pleased to announce the opportunity for public comment on Appendices A through H of the AAW. There is a 30-day public comment period that begins on February 27, 2021 and ends on March 29, 2021. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approves waivers for a five-year period. The current AAW expires on June 30, 2021. As such, ODP must submit an application to renew the AAW to CMS. The waiver renewal is anticipated to be effective on July 1, 2021.

In the request for renewal of the AAW, ODP proposes substantive changes to Appendices A through H as outlined in ODP Announcement 21-024. As part of this process, ODP is seeking your valuable feedback and comments on Appendices A through H of the proposed renewal.

ODP will be publishing a separate notice announcing the availability of Appendices I and J for public comment upon completion of the rate-setting process. A communication will be published when these appendices are available.

  • Appendices A through H of the proposed renewal of the AAW are available here.

Information regarding Appendices A through H of the proposed renewal of the AAW, including how to provide comments, can be found in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, Volume 51, Number 9, published on Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments regarding the proposed AAW renewal. Comments should be addressed to Laura Cipriani, Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, 625 Forster Street, Room 510, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Comments may also be submitted to ODP via email, using subject header “AAW Renewal.”

Comments received by 11:59 pm on March 29, 2021 will be reviewed and considered for revisions to the proposed renewal of the AAW.

ODP will also hold a webinar to receive comments on the proposed renewal of the AAW. Date, time, and link for registration to attend this webinar are as follows:

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Use this link to register