- provider requirements for Medicaid participation, credentialing, and supervision;
- documentation requirements for plan of care approval, criteria for services, authorization, and reimbursement justification;
- Medicaid audit process and penalties for errors;
- use of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).”
Make sure you’re aware of these differences. For example, TEFRA is an optional waiver that not all states carry, and if they do, they don’t utilize it the same. For example in Arkansas, if a child meets the health requirements, it is accessible for families, no matter their income, on a sliding pay scale. However, the way we understand its application may be specific to Arkansas. If you move, you may not have TEFRA at all.
So how can you know what’s available to you? Use the resources below to find out more about Medicaid and how it’s different across the US!
- Why is Medicaid different in each state?
- Learn more about Medicaid in AR
- Medicaid fact sheets
- State overviews
- Medicaid by State Scorecard
- What is a “state plan”?
- State plan amendments
- What are the types of waivers?
- List of all waivers by state
- Full list of kids waivers by State
What if your state has limited resources? There may be more out there than you know. Look around at state and local resources. There are national programs, state benefits, foundations, organizations, and grants that may help you in a bind. For example, check out this list of foundations that assist for children’s special needs.
If Medicaid matters to you, please constantly tell your elected officials. The trend is to cut Medicaid and provide those funds elsewhere. Get the facts to boost your confidence, but don’t stop communicating! Tell your legislators why Medicaid saves you! Here are some ways we could see Medicaid change in coming years.
Each link leads to a different resource we’ve found to try to help you with info or tangible resources. MSL will add to this list as we find more!