A new website launching this week with backing from the federal government is offering a one-stop overview of the services available to people with developmental disabilities in each state.
The site, dubbed the Medicaid Reference Desk, offers a breakdown of the various Medicaid benefits — including medical and social services — offered to those with disabilities based on where they live.
Though the federal government mandates that Medicaid programs in each state meet certain requirements, states have significant leeway. As a result, the benefits available from one location to another and eligibility requirements for programs can vary wildly.
The reference desk is designed to help families wade through the bureaucracy, according to officials at The Arc, who created the new website with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In addition to providing basic information about each state’s offerings, the reference desk also features a glossary of common terms and a selection of frequently asked questions about Medicaid benefits.
“This website helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and others access and gain knowledge about Medicaid, which is an essential lifeline for millions of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families,” said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc.