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Mental health parity in Medicaid plans would help — not solve — limited access
Modern Healthcare

Proposed regulations ensuring mental health parity in Medicaid managed care plans promise better coverage for important services like substance-abuse counseling — at least for beneficiaries who have providers. But the CMS rules won’t guarantee more providers will participate.

“One of the questions that still remains in terms of access to care is whether there is the workforce to care for these people, particularly psychiatrists,” said Dr. Tara Bishop, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health and Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Out of all medical specialties, psychiatrists “are the least willing to take any type of insurance, including Medicaid.”

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