Characteristics and Service Use of Medicaid Buy-In Participants with Higher Incomes: A Descriptive Analysis

Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
May 31, 2013
Denise Hoffman, Kristin Andrews, and Valerie Cheh
This study examined the characteristics and service use of Medicaid Buy-In participants with higher incomes (above 250 percent of the federal poverty line), relative to participants with lower incomes. The study found higher-income participants were less likely to enroll in Medicare and more likely to be enrolled in third-party insurance. Service use for higher-income Buy-In participants concentrated on prescription drugs and durable medical equipment, and Medicaid expenditures for a selected set of services among higher-income participants were generally lower than expenditures for the same services among all Buy-In participants.