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Winston-Salem Journal: Federal Regulators Tout Behavioral Health Benefits To Medicaid Expansion In North Carolina

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at March 30, 2016

Winston-Salem Journal: Federal Regulators Tout Behavioral Health Benefits To Medicaid Expansion In North Carolina
Federal health regulators made another pitch Monday about the benefits of expanding Medicaid coverage in North Carolina and 18 other states, this time focusing on behavioral health issues. Legislators have debated for more than three years about whether to expand Medicaid coverage to an additional 500,000 North Carolinians. … “Medicaid expansion under the ACA can greatly improve the quality of life for state residents by improving access to treatment for behavioral health needs,” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officials said in a 17-page report. “Among this population, there is great need for treatment, as about 30 percent (144,000) have either a mental illness, substance use disorder or both.” (Craver, 3/28)

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