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8/29/2013

Call for Input on Improving Mental Health Care

 

In an open letter to the Mental Health Community, finance leaders ask how Medicare and Medicaid changes can break down barriers and improve care. Noting that high-quality treatment can be successful but remains underutilized, Senators Baucus and Hatch asked three key questions:

1.    What administrative and legislative barriers prevent Medicare and Medicaid recipients from obtaining the mental and behavioral health care they need?

2.    What are the key policies that have led to improved outcomes for beneficiaries in programs that have tried integrated care models?

3.    How can Medicare and Medicaid be cost-effectively reformed to improve access to and quality of care for people with mental and behavioral health needs?

Please submit responses by September 30, 2013 to MentalHealth@finance.senate.gov.

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