State Reps. Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) and Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) today introduced a bipartisan resolution urging Congress to better accommodate military family members with special needs applying for home and community-based Medicaid waiver programs.
“One of our most fundamental promises, not only as lawmakers, but as Americans, is to ensure we take care of our service members and their families,” said Rep. Boyd. “These changes would better and more easily connect military families with the critical care and services they need to live better, healthier lives.”
As most military families move between states every two to three years, it is often difficult for them to keep access to home and community-based Medicaid services, which are administered at the state level. Reps. Boyd and Ghanbari’s resolution would urge Congress to standardize the process, making it easier for active military members and their families to access the care they need when they move between states.
More than 2.3 million children of active-duty military service members are enrolled in Tricare, the healthcare program for military personnel. Of these, some 200,000 rely on Medicaid for supplemental coverage for home and community-based services.