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Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

NAMI Issues Report on Medicaid Expansion and Mental Health

June 12, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments
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NAMI has released a new report, Medicaid Expansion and Mental Health Care, which explains the importance of Medicaid as a financing mechanism for mental health services and makes the case that Medicaid expansion represents the best chance states have to strengthen mental health systems. The report can be used by advocates as they urge their state governments to participate in the Medicaid expansion.

Appendices provide state-specific information on the fiscal impact of Medicaid expansion, eligibility figures for people with mental illness, demographics of the uninsured population with serious mental illness and state status regarding whether or not to expand Medicaid in 2014.

The report also includes several policy recommendations for states and the federal government:

  • Covering evidence-based mental health services in Medicaid expansion plans;
  • Implementing varied and innovative strategies to enroll hard to reach individuals living with mental illness in Medicaid expansion plans, recommending that navigator contracts be awarded to mental health agencies or advocacy organizations to conduct education, outreach and enrollment of hard to reach individuals with mental illness; and
  • Monitoring states and provide guidance to ensure full compliance with the EPSDT mandate.

For more information, see the NAMI report at: www.nami.org/medicaidexpansion