Every year since 2006, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) — an international advocate, educating and providing support services for children and adults with a spectrum of disabilities through an affiliate network– produces The Case for Inclusion, an annual ranking of how well state Medicaid programs serve Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). Individuals with ID/DD, including the aging, want and deserve the same freedoms and quality of life as all Americans.Highlights:
The Best Performing States
The Worst Performing States
Facts about the Best Performing States
- Top Performers are both big and small states in population – “big” population states include New York (3rd biggest) and Ohio (#7), Michigan (#8) and Georgia (#9) as well as “small” population states include Hawaii (#41) and Maine (#40).
- Top Performers are both rich and poorer states in terms of median family income – “rich” states include Hawaii (9th richest) and Massachusetts (#5), and less affluent states include Arizona (#31), Georgia (#40), Michigan (#32), and South Carolina (#47).
- Top Performers are high tax and low tax burden states – “high tax burden” states include Massachusetts (#10) and New York (#1) as well as “low tax burden” states include Arizona (#35), South Carolina (#42) and Georgia (#36).
- Top Performers are big and low spending per person, served through the Home and Community Based Services – “big spender” states are New York (#7) and Maine (#6) and “low spender” states are Arizona (#49), Georgia (#40), and South Carolina (#48).