Medicaid covers routine health services as well as benefits that are limited or not typically covered under other health insurance plans such as long-term services and supports, translation assistance, and non-emergency transportation services that are important to low-income seniors, adults with disabilities, and children with special health care needs. There are also specific rules affecting use of cost sharing and premiums. Learn more about Medicaid benefits.

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Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Medicaid

June 2018 | ,

State Medicaid programs are using a variety of approaches to respond to the opioid crisis, but Medicaid beneficiaries—who have been disproportionately affected by the epidemic—continue to face barriers when trying to access substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Chapter 4 builds on analysis in the June 2017 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, which found […]

Federal Requirements and State Options: Benefits

March 2017 |

States have broad flexibility to create a benefit package for their Medicaid enrollees within federal guidelines. Certain benefits are mandatory—for example, inpatient and hospital outpatient services and services at rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). Other services such as adult dental care, eyeglasses, and personal care services may be offered at the […]

Coverage of Medicaid Dental Benefits for Adults

June 2015 |

Oral health problems affect a majority of Americans and poor oral health disproportionately affects adults living in poverty. Chapter 2 of the June 2015 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP examines dental benefits for adults enrolled in Medicaid. Most low-income adults, when they have dental coverage, receive it through Medicaid but federal law does […]