Geography and the Medicaid mental health care infrastructure: implications for health care reform.

  title={Geography and the Medicaid mental health care infrastructure: implications for health care reform.},
  author={Janet R. Cummings and Hefei Wen and Michelle Ko and Benjamin G. Druss},
  journal={JAMA psychiatry},
  volume={70 10},
IMPORTANCE Medicaid is the largest payer of mental health (MH) care in the United States, and this role will increase among states that opt into the Medicaid expansion. However, owing to the dearth of MH care providers who accept Medicaid, expanded coverage may not increase access to services. Facilities that provide specialty outpatient MH services and accept Medicaid compose the backbone of the community-based treatment infrastructure for Medicaid enrollees. For states that opt into the… CONTINUE READING
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