NEW GUIDE TO STATES OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND MEDICAID
HELP YOUR STATE MAKE THE BEST CHOICE!
July 18, 2012 – The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has released a new guide to help advocates, providers and state leaders improve health coverage and mental health services in the states. Now is the time to help state leaders understand the benefits of expanding Medicaid eligibility. States that do opt for the Medicaid expansion will also have to make other critical decisions to ensure people with mental illness have access to the services they need. The guide addresses these and related issues in depth.
The optional expansion presents states with an unparalleled opportunity to secure federal funding for health care for low-income Americans. Scores of these individuals endure serious mental illnesses, other health challenges and even homelessness. However, people with low incomes and mental illnesses deserve the opportunity to lead a full life in the community like everyone else.
Expanding Medicaid eligibility and making other wise policy choices now available under the Affordable Care Act will go a long way toward this goal. Read the guide here.