MHA Today | March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016
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Senate Appropriations Begins Work On FY2017 Budget
Report Assesses Behavioral Health Effects Of Medicaid Expansion

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Senate Appropriations Begins Work On FY2017 Budget

Staff Contact: Rob Monsees

The Senate Appropriations Committee began marking up the budget bills for the fiscal year 2017 budget this morning. The first bill discussed was HB 2011, which includes funding for the MO HealthNet Division and the state's Medicaid program. We expect the committee to continue marking up the budget bills the remainder of this week.

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Report Assesses Behavioral Health Effects Of Medicaid Expansion

Staff Contact: Daniel Landon

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has produced a report on the projected effects of Medicaid expansion on behavioral health. The document includes state-specific estimates of the incidence of behavioral health disorders, as well as the projected cost and outcome implications of expanding Medicaid eligibility.

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Consider This ...

In the past year, 34.2 percent of Missourians who fall into the health care coverage gap had a mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder.

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services