Expanded mental health coverage and the Affordable Care Act: How is Minnesota performing?

September 10, 2014 2:01 PM

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Advocates have cheered the Affordable Care Act’s expanded coverage for mental health services as an essential benefit. But recent reporting has found that in some states, expanded coverage for these services has translated into a logjam of newly eligible patients who wait months to see providers willing to accept Medicaid recipients.

At the end of August, the New York Times reported on the state of mental health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Louisville, Kentucky. In the article, patients seeking first-time counseling appointments waited as long as seven weeks to see a therapist. Providers reported doubled casel...

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