The Oregon experiment - Amidst the controversy, mental health improves

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There has been much buzz lately about an article that was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the impact of the "The Oregon Experiment — Effects of Medicaid on Clinical Outcomes" study. Okay, real quick, here is the gist of the study:

And this is where opinion on what this means for Medicaid expansion diverges. Those against Medicaid expansion and the ACA in general seize on the lack of dramatic significance on changes in physical health.

However, it is important to step back a bit and look at the results of the study closely and hone in on some very significant positive findings:

Okay Network faithful, read the articles and weigh in. It is important to look beyond the headlines and make informed decisions about Medicaid expansion. For those committed to improving mental health for children, youth and families, these preliminary results after two years of study are encouraging.

Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO
Children's Mental Health Network

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