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Availability of Behavioral Health Services in Medicaid Managed Care

Behavioral health services include treatment and support for mental health conditions-such as bipolar disorder-as well as substance abuse disorders, such as opiate dependence. Medicaid is the single largest payer for behavioral health services in the United States, and most States provide these services through Medicaid managed care plans. Existing research on managed care providers in general has found a shortage of those willing to participate in Medicaid networks, raising concerns that the number of providers may not be sufficient to meet the needs of the Medicaid population. This review of five States will determine the extent to which Medicaid managed care plans include behavioral health providers and whether enough providers are available to meet the needs of the Medicaid population.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
September 2017 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Availability of Behavioral Health Services in Medicaid Managed Care Office of Evaluation and Inspections 02-17-00490 2018

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