June 18, 2015

MACPAC Examines Medicaid’s Role in Providing Behavioral Health Services

On June 15, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) released its June 2015 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, focusing on Medicaid’s role in providing behavioral health services. In addition, the report looks at Medicaid’s role in covering care for neglected and abused children, and the extent to which program beneficiaries are being prescribed psychotropic medications. The report identifies low-income children under the protection of child welfare authorities as having high levels of unmet need for mental health care. According to the report, more than 40 percent of children in foster care had mental health diagnoses compared to 11 percent of other children with Medicaid. Nearly one-quarter of children enrolled in Medicaid based on child welfare assistance used a psychotropic medication, almost five times the share of other non-disabled children.

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