Federal Medicaid rules grant states flexibility to design their own benefit packages beyond meeting core federal requirements. The Kaiser Family Foundation recently surveyed Medicaid directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to identify those benefits covered for categorically needy traditional adult beneficiaries in their fee-for-service programs. Their updated Medicaid Benefits Database includes data about the various benefits covered in states, notable limits on those benefits, and cost sharing requirements as of July 1, 2018. Data from previous years (generally 2012 and earlier) is also accessible. Also available for the first time is another database that includes data on Medicaid coverage of a range of behavioral health services, by state, at KFF’s Medicaid Behavioral Health Services Database.
The databases should be useful for Medicaid officials, researchers, patient advocates and journalists trying to understand the variation across states in Medicaid benefits such as dental coverage, private duty nursing services and treatment for opioid addiction.