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University of Massachusetts Studying Patterns of Health Care Use Among People with Intellectual Disabilities

May 29, 2015

The Kennedy Shriver Center received a grant from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) to examine data from MassHealth (the Massachusetts Medicaid program) on what types of health care are used by people with intellectual disabilities. The researchers noted that they have a clearer understanding about the health care needs of people with intellectual disabilities living in group home settings than those living on their own or with families. The research team seeks to identify health care usage trends across the entire population of people with intellectual disabilities, who comprise 15 percent of Medicaid recipients and 42 percent of Medicaid costs for all types of health-related services. This can include employment services covered under Medicaid, such as customized and supported employment programs, as well as health care services that make it possible for people with intellectual disabilities who have complex health needs to maintain employment. Read more about the study.