People Receiving OPWDDD Medicaid Services

People Receiving OPWDDD 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% males and 37% females

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 (2019)
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 (61%) of those served by OPWDD are adults ages 21 to 64; however, this same group represents seventy-eight percent (78%) of OPWDD Medicaid payments (see Table 3 and Figure 4). Conversely, nearly one-third (32%) of those served by OPWDD are children ages 0 to 20; however, this same group represents only eight percent (8%) of OPWDD Medicaid payments

Table 3. People Receiving OPWDD Medicaid Services By Age Group (2019)*
Age Groups People Payments
Age 0 to 20 39,766 $654,259,668
Age 21 to 64 74,311 $6,231,223,450
Age 65+ 8,484 $1,119,012,915
Total (Unduplicated) 119,583 $8,004,496,034

 

*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.

Two separate graphs comparing people and payments by age group.