Medicaid & Insurance

Spending On Community Living Hits Record

For the first time ever, Medicaid is spending more on community-based services than on institutional care.

Finding A Formula For ‘Medically Complex’ Kids

The number of children considered medically complex is on the rise, but with a slew of health challenges and costly care, identifying how to best treat them is proving difficult.

Analysis Ranks Best States For Disability Services

A diverse group of states spanning the nation came out on top in an annual ranking of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Disability Advocates Push Back Against Wage Limits

Employment can be a tricky prospect for people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid to complete even the most basic daily activities since earning too much can mean losing benefits.

States Consider Better Pay For In-Home Caregivers

As demand grows, some states are trying to improve wages and benefits for disability caregivers, aiming to attract and retain more skilled and dedicated workers in a high-turnover industry.

Changes Recommended For Medicaid Managed Care

For the first time in over a decade, regulators are proposing sweeping new rules designed to limit profits and improve care for Medicaid beneficiaries, including many with disabilities.

Feds Rethink Stance On Speech Devices

In an about-face, federal officials are reconsidering whether speech-generating devices ought to be capable of modern functionalities like calling, texting and emailing.

Despite Laws, Mental Health Coverage Often Falls Short

Under federal law, insurance plans that cover mental health must offer benefits that are on par with medical coverage, but in practice, that doesn’t always happen.

New Rules Expected For Medicaid Managed Care

As a growing number of states rely on private insurers to cover those with developmental disabilities, regulators are set to initiate the biggest overhaul of Medicaid managed-care in a decade.

Some States Pay Doctors More to Treat Medicaid Patients

Fifteen states are betting they can convince more doctors to accept the growing number of patients covered by Medicaid with a simple incentive: more money.

Feds Call For Expanded Mental Health Coverage

Federal officials want Medicaid to beef up access to mental health care for individuals with disabilities and other beneficiaries.

Medicaid Cuts Could Mean Less Access To Doctors

A new study finds that a hefty pay hike for doctors led to greater access for individuals on Medicaid — including many with disabilities — but the raise was only temporary.

Lawmakers Look To Improve Care For Kids With Complex Needs

Efforts are underway in Congress to make it easier for children with rare conditions or complex medical needs to get the specialized care they require.

Half Of Medicaid Providers Unavailable, Report Finds

A significant number of doctors purportedly accepting Medicaid are not actually offering treatment to the program’s beneficiaries, a new investigation finds.

Harvard Study Finds Psychiatrists Tough To Access

Making an appointment with a psychiatrist is often an uphill battle no matter if you’re insured or if you intend to pay out of pocket, a new study suggests.

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