Medicaid

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What is Medicaid?

  • The primary health insurance program for people with disabilities, older Americans, and low-income populations.
    • Covers more than 10 million non-elderly people with disabilities.
  • Provides a wide range of services that people with disabilities need to live, work and participate in the community
    • Residential supports, employment supports, rehabilitative and habilitative services, medical and nursing services, durable medication equipment, assistive technology, and personal care services
  • Individuals receive Medicaid services through many different programs so may not know they’re supported by Medicaid.  Your Medicaid program may have a different name in your state.
  • People with disabilities make up 21% of the Medicaid population nationally but account for 48% of the total Medicaid costs (in part due to need for long term services and supports).
  • Want more, Policy Basics: Introduction to Medicaid has more info.

Additional Resources

Infographic: Medicaid’s Role for Children with Special Health Care Needs (Kaiser Family Foundation)

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