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Medicaid Managed Care and People with Disabilities

Challenges and Opportunities

By Sarah Somers & Jane Perkins

Each year states are placing greater numbers of people with disabilities into managed care. All signs indicate that this trend will continue and likely accelerate. When enrolled in managed care, Medicaid beneficiaries with disabilities face particular challenges, but managed care also has the potential to improve and streamline care for people with disabilities. Advocates should closely monitor developments in their states to guard against risks posed by managed care but remain open to opportunities to increase community integration and the quality of care, and life, for people with disabilities.

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