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Brief Examines Issues to Consider in Expanding Medicaid Managed Care for People With Disabilities (PR)

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Brief Examines Issues To Consider In Expanding Medicaid Managed Care for People With Disabilities (http://www.kff.org/medicaid/8278.cfm)

As many states expand their use of managed care in Medicaid, a growing number of beneficiaries with disabilities are being enrolled in risk-based managed care arrangements for at least some of their care. Further growth in managed care is expected in 2014, when the Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid eligibility to many uninsured low-income adults, including those with disabilities.

A new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured looks at issues related to the development and implementation of managed care programs with the capacity to serve Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities. Drawing on existing research on Medicaid managed care and people with disabilities, the brief highlights policy considerations related to setting plan payment rates, developing adequate provider networks and delivery systems, and ensuring sufficient beneficiary protections and plan oversight.

The brief considers the wide range of intensive and specialized medical and long-term care needs facing Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities that may include spinal-cord and traumatic-brain injuries, cerebral palsy, autism, Alzheimer’s disease and severe mental illness, and the challenges states face in designing effective managed care programs that successfully meet those needs.  

People with Disabilities and Medicaid Managed Care: Key Issues to Consider is available online at http://www.kff.org/medicaid/8278.cfm. A newly updated policy brief that examines Medicaid and managed care more broadly is also available online at http://www.kff.org/medicaid/8046.cfm.

For additional information, please contact:

Craig Palosky at (202) 347-5270 or cpalosky@kff.org

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