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CMS Releases National Data Report for 2012 on Demographics of Beneficiaries Receiving Medicaid-Funded Long-Term Services and Support

November 29, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its report “Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports Beneficiaries in 2012,” which describes the 2012 population who were receiving Medicaid-funded Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS). The report is part of a series of reports contracted by CMS, which analyze CMS’s expenditures, both over time and for a particular year; waiver data; and beneficiary data relating to LTSS. Medicaid-funded LTSS include employment-related services, and beneficiaries of Medicaid-funded employment LTSS would be included in the data.

CMS found that the majority of Medicaid beneficiaries of LTSS used HCBS rather than services delivered in institutions. Of the LTSS beneficiaries receiving HCBS, the two most common types of HCBS used were Section 1915(c) waivers, used by 48 percent of all HCBS beneficiaries, and personal care services, used by 28 percent. One or more Section 1915(c) waivers in all States cover employment services, so some of the 48 percent of beneficiaries using Section 1915(c) waivers are receiving employment-related services. Many beneficiaries used more than one type of HCBS service at the same time.

These 2012 demographics reflect the growing preeminence of HCBS as the chief service delivery method for persons with disabilities served by Medicaid. For more information on the data, read the report. For future reports, periodically check the CMS LTSS website.