Nationally, Waiting Lists For Waiver Services Growing

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Marisol Ramos, left, wipes excess makeup off her daughter Naomi’s cheek as the family gets ready to go on a shopping trip. Naomi has intellectual disability and only recently started receiving government-funded services. (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA – The number of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the country who are on waiting lists to receive Medicaid-funded home- and community-based services is on the rise.

There were 473,000 people on waiting lists in 2017, some 49,000 more than the year before, according to an analysis released Thursday by the ANCOR Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy.

Known as the “Case for Inclusion,” the annual report examines 58 measures to assess how well states are serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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