Forum Session

Understanding the Role of Medicaid in Assisting People with Disabilities
July 22, 2005


Randy A. Desonia


People with disabilities present Medicaid with an incredibly wide array of complex conditions and expectations that are not well identified or understood. Medicaid reform, on the table at both the federal and state level, could profoundly affect people with disabilities. This population generates a disproportionate share of Medicaid expenditures and will likely be a focal point of reform efforts. Therefore, a better understanding of Medicaid's beneficiaries with disabilities is critical to anticipate the effects from proposed reforms and to identify new opportunities for improving the delivery of cost-effective services. This Forum session reviewed how disability is defined, how Medicaid serves people with disabilities, and the systems that are in place to deliver care to this population.


Karen Tritz, Analyst in Social Legislation, Congressional Research Service; Brian Burwell, Vice President, Chronic Care and Disability, Medstat; Carol Tobias, Director, Health and Disability Working Group, Boston University School of Public Health; Estelle Richman, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

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See also "Medicaid Eligibility and Benefits" (The Basics, January 5, 2016).

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