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OBJECTIVE Little is known about the effect recent health care reform legislation will have on coverage of individuals with severe mental disorders. The authors examined current and predicted sources of insurance coverage and use of mental health services among adults with and without severe mental disorders and modeled postreform changes. METHOD The(More)
OBJECTIVE Transformation--systemic, sweeping changes to promote recovery and consumerism--is a pervasive theme in discussions of U.S. mental health policy. State systems are a fundamental component of national transformation plans. However, it is not clear how the vision of transformation will be balanced against the idiosyncratic political forces that(More)
As the managed behavioral health care market has matured, behavioral health carve-outs have solved many problems facing the delivery of behavioral health services; at the same time, they have exacerbated existing difficulties or created new problems. Carve-outs developed to address rising inpatient behavioral health costs and limited insurance coverage.(More)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will expand insurance coverage to millions of Americans with mental disorders. One particularly important implementation issue is the scope of mental health and substance abuse services under expanded health insurance coverage. This article examines current public and commercial insurance coverage of the range(More)
America's public health insurance programs reflect a deeply rooted commitment to caring for low-income families and children. This article chronicles the evolution of Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), two public programs designed to provide free or low-cost health coverage to low-income children who do not have access to(More)
Since 1990, health services decentralization in Nicaragua has been accompanied by structural adjustment, resulting in reduced equity and accountability. Sandinista efforts in the 1980s to extend access to primary care and reduce class and regional disparities in the delivery of health services were accompanied by modest attempts to increase local-level(More)
Although Medicaid was not designed as a mental health program, it is now a major source of financing for mental health services and care, especially for the chronically mentally ill. This paper examines the role Medicaid plays today for the low-income population with mental health needs and then reviews some of the current pressures and challenges in the(More)
  • R Garfield
  • 1997
Economic embargoes have become common since the end of the Cold War. This review of health changes in Iraq, Haiti, Yugoslavia, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Cuba indicates that the major impact of decreased access to health goods occurs among the most politically and economically vulnerable sectors of the population, particularly women and children under(More)
Coordinating care for the nine million elderly or disabled and low-income people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid is a pressing policy issue. To support the debate over this issue, we synthesized public data on how services are provided to dual eligibles receiving covered benefits in both programs. Our analysis confirmed that most(More)