What Is Medicaid? Medicaid is a program established by Congress in 1965. The purpose of Medicaid is to pay for medical care for people who are low income, of all ages, including children with disabilities. The Medicaid program for children is called Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT). Your state may ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2008
What Is Medicaid?
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  • Amy Goldman
    Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Practice Management / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2008
What Is Medicaid?
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2008, Vol. 17, 120-122. doi:10.1044/aac17.3.120
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, September 2008, Vol. 17, 120-122. doi:10.1044/aac17.3.120
Medicaid is a program established by Congress in 1965. The purpose of Medicaid is to pay for medical care for people who are low income, of all ages, including children with disabilities. The Medicaid program for children is called Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT). Your state may have its own name for Medicaid (e.g., “TennCare” or “Access”) and may even have a specific name for the Medicaid program that is offered through a managed care model (e.g., “HealthChoices”).
Medicaid is a federal-state program, that is, the costs of providing Medicaid to eligible people is shared by both the federal government and the state government. The amount of each share is based on the income of people in the state, so it varies from state to state. One thing that is consistent, however, is that more and more Medicaid takes a big bite out of each state's budget. As a result, states are reconsidering and cutting back on what they pay for and how much they pay providers. Speech-language pathologists should join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and other advocates in monitoring these situations in their state.
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