ERIC Number: ED334780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Massachusetts Experience with Medicaid Support of Early Intervention Services.
This paper provides an overview of how Massachusetts has successfully integrated use of the federal Medicaid program into a plan for financing Part H of Public Law 99-457, the 1986 Amendments to the Education of the Handicapped Act, on a statewide basis. Noted is the lack of a single strategy for accessing Medicaid funds for early intervention services. In the first section the legislative authority to finance early intervention services with Medicaid funds is briefly reviewed. The next section looks at barriers and benefits to this type of financing, administrative considerations, and defining early intervention services in the Medicaid State Plan. Issues regarding implementation of Medicaid support are considered next and include responsibility for early intervention program development, defining units of early intervention services and unit rates, costs of a Medicaid plan, and planning for change. Noted are the issues of availability of state matching funds, the need for initiative by Part H Lead Agency Administrators, the existence of barriers related to issues of values and language, and the importance of defining early intervention services with precision utilizing a unit rate purchasing system. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Carolina Inst. for Child and Family Policy.
Identifiers: Education of the Handicapped Act 1986 (Part H); Massachusetts; Medicaid
Note: For related documents, see EC 300 527-528.