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Medicaid and Persons with Disabilities

MACPAC’s recommendations in this March 2012 report chapter are based on a review of Medicaid eligibility, population characteristics, benefits, spending, and approaches to quality measurement for persons with disabilities. According to MACPAC’s analysis, people with disabilities accounted for only 15 percent of the Medicaid population in 2008, but 42 percent of total Medicaid spending due to their substantial, complex health needs and spending for both acute care and long-term services and supports.

The Commission recommends acceleration of targeted, efficient, and innovative approaches to providing high-quality care for persons with disabilities, especially those with Medicaid-only coverage, and updating and improving quality measurement for persons with disabilities to support program innovation in the fee-for-service delivery system and managed care. Read more about Medicaid coverage of people with disabilities and MACPAC’s recommendations to improve it.

From: March 2012 Report to the Congress on Medicaid and CHIP