Medicaid is the largest source of financing for disabilities services in the United States. For people with disabilities and for those who provide their care, Medicaid serves as a valuable safety net. Often the only source of financial assistance for health care, Medicaid plays a critical role for people with disabilities in providing coverage and access to care.
Medicaid is, however, extremely complicated. At least half of the funds for Medicaid programs comes from the Federal Government. The remainder comes from state funds. The Federal law contains detailed requirements and limitations on eligibility, services, and financing. State law varies widely from state to state.
The Medicaid Reference Desk is a resource for people with intellectual disabilities and their families to learn about Medicaid and other public benefits, services and supports provided by The Arc.
This project has been made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Grant No. 90 DN0215.