Autism Integrated Care Program

Medical Assistance for Children and Adolescents with Autism

What is Medical Assistance?

How do I apply for Medical Assistance for my child?

Step 1: Apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

There are a couple of different ways to apply for Medical Assistance. We recommend that you fill out a paper application as indicated in step 2. Other options are available. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare website, or the nearest DPW office, to find out how to apply

HINT: Get a big envelope, a notebook, or a folder with pockets to keep all your papers organized.

Step 2: Answer every question. Fill out every part.

Step 3: Take the application to the County Assistance Office for an interview.

Most of the time children with physical or mental disabilities get Medical Assistance. If you are rejected, you can appeal.

Step 4: Choose your managed health care organization. (For example: Keystone First, United Health Care Community Plan, Aetna Better Health, etc.)

Step 5: Use your Commercial Health Insurance and Medical Assistance to pay for services

IMPORTANT: You must re-apply for Medical Assistance every year. You have to re-apply before your current Medical Assistance expires; otherwise you will have to begin all over again.

Reviewed: Dec. 2013

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