Access to health care services among people with disabilities receiving Medicaid

Mo Med. 1999 Sep;96(9):447-53.


Few data exist describing Medicaid's success in providing health care services to people with disabilities. The access to care survey from the Medical Expenditures Panel Survey was used to collect access data from 502 individuals with disabilities in central Missouri receiving Medicaid under fee-for-service reimbursement. Nearly all of the respondents had a usual source of care, but two-thirds reported difficulties obtaining a needed health care service. Dental, optometric, and personal assistance services were most difficult to obtain. Provider non-participation, non-coverage of a service, and coverage restrictions were the most frequently cited barriers to obtaining care. Results suggest that people with disabilities have difficulty accessing needed health care services through the Missouri Medicaid fee-for-service system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Disabled Persons* / statistics & numerical data
  • Fee-for-Service Plans
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility / economics
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medicaid / economics*
  • Medicaid / statistics & numerical data
  • Missouri
  • United States