People Receiving OPWDD Medicaid Services
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Males and Females

While the New York State population comprises 52% males and 48% females, the proportion of males to females served by OPWDD is consistent with the prevalence of IDD found in the general population.

63% male and 37% female

Ethnicities

A little less than two-thirds (61%) of those served by OPWDD identify as White, followed nearly one-fifth (18%) that identify as Black. Ten percent (10%) identify as either Hispanic (6%), Asian (3%), or Native American (1%). Eleven percent identify as "other" (4%) or "unknown" (7%).

Table 2. People Receiving OPWDD Medicaid Services by Ethnic Category (2020)
Ethnic Category Percent
Asian 3%
Black 18%
Hispanic 6%
Native American 1%
White 61%
Other 4%
Unknown 7%
Total 100%

Age Group

Sixty-one percent (60%) of those served by OPWDD are adults ages 21 to 64; however, this same group represents seventy-eight percent (77%) of OPWDD Medicaid payments (see Table 3 and Figure 4). Conversely, nearly one-third (33%) of those served by OPWDD are children ages 0 to 20; however, this same group represents only eight percent (9%) of OPWDD Medicaid payments

Table 3. People Receiving OPWDD Medicaid Services By Age Group (2020)*
Age Groups People Payments
Age 0 to 20 40,819 $725,501,653
Age 21 to 64 75,431 $6,418,456,659
Age 65+ 8,816 $1,205,003,465
Total (Unduplicated) 121,898 $8,348,961,777

 

*The unduplicated total count does not equate to the sum of children, adults, and seniors due to some individuals attaining age 21 or 65 during the course of a calendar year. The total payments include Medicaid, State Plan and FIDA-IDD payments.

Figure 4. Comparison of People and Medicaid Payments  by Age Group (2020)