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Policy Brief


University of New Hampshire and University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies

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Medicaid funds vital services for children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities (CYSHCN). Proposed changes to the structure of Medicaid would significantly reduce federal funding for this important program. The most concerning are the proposed structural changes including per capita caps and block grants, as well as threats to Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) and Medicaid Waiver services. Restructuring would have devastating effects on benefits for low-income children and individuals with disabilities, and their families, putting this very vulnerable population at additional risk.

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The 2016-2017 Cohort of New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (NH-ME LEND) Program Trainees. (2017, March). Policy brief: Medicaid and children with special health care needs (PDF). Durham: University of New Hampshire; Orono: University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies.


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