Florida Shifts Medicaid Mental Health Strategy

Kaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz reports: "Mental illness is a big driver of Medicaid costs because it is twice as prevalent among beneficiaries of the public insurance program for the poor as it is among the general population. Studies show that enrollees with mental illness, who also have chronic physical conditions, account for a large share of Medicaid spending. Yet many Medicaid programs, including Florida’s, have traditionally contracted with separate companies to provide coverage for mental health services, making coordination more difficult" (Galewitz, 7/7). Read the story, which also appeared in USA Today.

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