Medicaid looks to cut back on new disability program users

An Alaska Medicaid program that funds care for adults with developmental disabilities is looking to cut the number of people it enrolls each year by 75 percent.

The Peninsula Clarion¬†reports that currently 200 people are taken off a waiting list to be enrolled in Medicaid’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability waiver annually. Administrators now want that number to drop to 50.

Officials say they would not be abandoning those waiting to join the program. In addition to the annual 50-person increase, wait-listed people would also be added to replace waiver recipients who move out of state, die or leave the program for other reasons.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Service’s Senior and Disabilities Services Division is taking public comments on the proposed reduction until Sept. 17.