The Medicaid System and the Mentally Ill Persuasive Essay by Natalie

The Medicaid System and the Mentally Ill
This paper discusses possible changes to the now successful Medicaid system for treating the low-income mentally ill.
# 102661 | 2,735 words | 15 sources | APA | 2007 | US

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This paper explains that Medicaid is the number one payment foundation for most community-based mental health services and the only health plan that finances a complete array of the rehabilitative services needed by people with psychiatric disabilities. The author stresses that low income children and adults have nowhere else to turn for mental health care and must depend tremendously on Medicaid. The paper relates that recent suggestions to change the Medicaid system for treating mental illnesses include plans to reduce the range of services that the states must provide and to reduce the number of recipients by replacing the current entitlement program with one or more block grants to the states. The author points out that Medicaid should go through some changes; however, these changes should be based on a serious review of their impact on caring for the mentally ill population.

From the Paper:

"While states currently deal with major budget losses and concerns about the cost of Medicaid, there are ways to give states financial relief without reducing benefits to Medicaid recipients or extremely cutting the resources on which public mental health and other state agencies now depend. Policies that should be considered include improving coverage under Medicare community mental health services, including prescription medications, outpatient counseling, and case management, so that the federal government picks up costs for the elderly and increasing federal support for state and local mental health programs through increases to the federal community mental health block grant."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Buck, Jeffrey A. and Miller, Kay (2002), Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Medicaid, US Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Frank, Richard G., Goldman, Howard H. and Hogan, Michael (2003), Medicaid and mental health: be careful what you ask for. Washington, DC: Project Hope.
  • Mark, Tami, L., Buck, Jeffrey A., Dilonardo, Joan D., Coffey, Rosanna M. and Chalk Mady, (2001), How Much Does Medicaid Pay for Behavioral Health Care? Psychiatric Services. Inc press.
  • Vladek, Bruce (2003), Where the action really is: Medicaid and the disabled, Washington DC: Project Hope.
  • Buck, J.A. Spending for State Mental Health Care, Psychiatric Services (2001).

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APA Format

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