Geography May Determine Accessibility of Mental Health Care Under Medicaid Expansion

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States that opt to expand their Medicaid coverage under the new health care reform law—the Affordable Care Act—will see an increase in the number of enrollees needing mental health care. This is significant because Medicaid already funds more mental health services than any other payer in the United States. But concerns have been raised over whether there are enough mental health clinicians and facilities that accept Medicaid available to serve those new enrollees.

–Psychiatric News Alert

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