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Topic: Dual Eligibles

Dual-eligible beneficiaries are those qualifying for both Medicare and Medicaid. About 9 million people fall into this category, including low-income seniors and younger people with disabilities. They tend to have complex and costly health care needs.

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Medicaid Applications and SSI Recipients

If you were approved for Supplemental Security Income and are applying to Medicaid, this fact sheet from The Arc of Illinois helps to break down the application process. It covers the ways you can apply for Medicaid after you have been approved for SSI, and includes links to other resources to make the process easier.

Dual Eligibles with Developmental Disabilities

This August 2014 fact sheet from Family Voices of Illinois gives detailed answers on the Medicare-Medicaid Alignment Initiative for dual eligibles. The fact sheet describes how a person with disabilities would qualify for SSDI and explains what is different when the dual eligible has a developmental disability.

The Diversity of Dual Eligible Beneficiaries

This April 2012 issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation analyzes linked Medicare and Medicaid data to examine utilization and spending in in 2007 by people eligible for both programs.

The “Dual Eligible” Opportunity: Improving Care and Reducing Costs

A December 2010 report by the Center for American Progress and Community Catalyst on financing and delivering care to individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Illinois Medicaid Integrated Care Program Advocacy Toolkit

This consumer guide can help you choose the ICP health plan that may work best for you. ICP is Illinois Medicaid’s mandatory new program for adults (over age 19) who have disabilities and receive SSI. Eligible people who live in the target areas for this program are getting letters from HFS in the mail. This consumer guide can help you choose the health plan that may work best for you.

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