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Medicaid – Find What You Need to Know

by Mary Mazzoni on October 7, 2011

Medicaid is a lifeline for many kids and adults with disabilities.

It provides funding for a wide array of services that are essential to quality of life.

In fact, Medicaid is the single largest source of funding for disability services in the United States.

Yet, Medicaid is very difficult to understand. Federal regulations are complex. Laws and funding formulas vary from state to state.

And lately, we’ve all been hearing a lot about potential cuts or changes to Medicaid.

It can feel downright overwhelming just trying to figure out what we need to know. But there’s a great place to turn for information and support: The Arc.

The Arc Medicaid Reference Desk

Want information about Medicaid in plain language?  The Arc Medicaid Reference Desk is for you.

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

You’ll find Medicaid terms defined here.

And you can find information about services covered by Medicaid here.

For specific information about Medicaid in your state, click here.

There’s even a great person-centered planning toolkit on the site here.

Local help

The Arc Medicaid Reference Desk is a great place to start. But sometimes, we have questions we want to talk through with a knowledgable person. You’ll find informed and dedicated advocates at your local Arc chapter. You can find contact information for your local chapter here.

Public policy

Want to understand existing laws and pending legislation affecting people with disabilities? Check out the Arc public policy page here.

Your voice matters

Sometimes we wonder if one person can make a difference. But every program that now supports people with disabilities first began with people like you and me joining together to speak out and take action.

You’ll find simple and specific ways that you can speak out to protect Medicaid funding by visiting the Arc’s Don’t Cut Our Lifeline Toolkit here.

Know that you are not alone and your voice counts.


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