Medicaid & Insurance

Feds Clarify Obligations To Kids With Autism

In what advocates are calling a major win, federal officials are for the first time telling states that Medicaid coverage must include treatments like ABA for children with autism.

Family’s Complaint Prompts Insurer To Drop ‘R-Word’

A major health insurer has agreed to stop using the term “mental retardation” after a family complained when the phrase was used to describe their daughter’s condition.

Senator Calls For Expansion Of Community-Based Services

A new proposal in the U.S. Senate would eliminate a government bias toward placing people with disabilities in institutional rather than community-based settings.

Medicaid Funds Increasingly Going To Community-Based Services

Spending on home and community-based services is on the rise as fewer dollars go to institutions, a new federal government report finds.

Ranking Names Best States For Disability Services

An annual ranking of states offering the best services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities reveals a familiar but evolving landscape.

State Becomes First To Outsource Disability Services

With advocates nationwide looking on, Kansas is the first state to turn over management of in-home care for residents with developmental disabilities to health insurance companies.

In Push For Community Living, States Offered Incentives

A new program under the Affordable Care Act is offering states extra money in exchange for taking steps to keep people — including those with disabilities — out of institutions.

Health Law Adds Coverage For Developmental Disability Services

A little remarked upon requirement in the health law expands treatments for those with developmental disabilities. But experts are concerned that insurers may find ways to skirt the new rule.

New Medicaid Waiver Rules Set To Take Effect

In a long-awaited move, federal officials are clarifying what counts as home and community-based services for people with disabilities.

Raising Access Questions, Many Psychiatrists Demand Cash

Psychiatrists, who are often relied on by individuals with developmental disabilities, are less likely than other doctors to accept insurance, a new study finds.

Worries Run High As State Outsources Disability Services

Families are nervous as Kansas prepares to become the first state to put for-profit insurance companies in charge of in-home care services for residents with developmental disabilities.

States Divided On ABA Coverage In New Health Exchanges

With state health insurance exchanges now open for business, advocates say they expect plans available in only about half of states to cover autism therapy.

States Balk At Terminating Medicaid Contracts

States are increasingly relying on private insurers to cover those on Medicaid — including many with disabilities — and such contracts often remain in place despite fraud or poor care.

Health Care Law Presents Complex Choices For People With Disabilities

Even once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, experts say that coverage of many treatments that people with disabilities rely on may vary widely.

For Many With Disabilities, Health Screenings Still Not Covered

As the health care reform law expands access to preventive services at the doctor’s office, a new analysis finds that many with disabilities who rely on Medicaid might be left out.

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