Proposal Would Increase Medicaid Access to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Benefits

A rule proposed this week by the Obama Administration would allow Medicaid recipients who receive services through managed care organizations or alternative benefit plans to get the same access to substance abuse and mental health benefits as those provided by private health insurance.

About 70 percent of people covered by Medicaid are in managed care plans, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, health insurance and group health plans must provide the same level of benefits for mental or substance abuse treatment as they provide for medical and surgical care. Under the new proposal, certain provisions of that law would now apply to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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Will Savage

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