Integrating behavioral and physical health care: State strategies

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commonwealthlogoStates across the country are embracing integrated care delivery models as part of their efforts to deliver high-quality, cost-effective care to Medicaid beneficiaries with both physical and behavioral health needs. The Medicaid expansion authorized by the Affordable Care Act brings greater import to these efforts, as millions of previously uninsured low-income adults—many at increased risk of having behavioral health conditions—gain coverage.

Drawing on a review of the literature and interviews with consumers, providers, payers, and policymakers, Deborah Bachrach and colleagues from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips explore strategies states are deploying to promote integrated care for this medically complex and high-cost Medicaid population in a new Commonwealth Fund report.

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