ERIC Number: ED445425
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul-12
Reference Count: N/A
Children with Disabilities: Medicaid Can Offer Important Benefits and Services. Testimony before the Committee on the Budget, U.S. Senate.
Scanlon, William J.
This testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget discussed Medicaid coverage of children with disabilities and the proposed Family Opportunity Act of 2000 that would create a new state option to allow parents who have a child with a severe disability or a potentially severe disability to purchase health care coverage for the child through the Medicaid program. The testimony discussed the role Medicaid plays currently in providing health care coverage for children with disabilities, the extent to which private insurance offers coverage of needed services for children with disabilities, and the benefits and services available to children under the Medicaid program. It found that despite the extent of Medicaid's coverage in providing insurance to children receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), over 120,000 children who met the requirements for disability in 1999 were initially denied eligibility when they applied or later had their benefits suspended because their family's income or resources had exceeded SSI limits. The testimony concluded that for families with a child with severe disabilities, particularly those with incomes and resources that are just above Medicaid thresholds, the ability to purchase Medicaid coverage could be an important means of obtaining health care for their children. (CR)
Descriptors: Children, Disabilities, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Health Care Costs, Health Insurance, Health Services, Medical Services
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.