Medicaid Directors push for coverage for long-term treatment of mentally ill

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On April 18, 2013, the National Association of Medicaid Directors sent a letter to Congress outlining several recommendations regarding mental health legislation. Two key recommendations in the letter focused on doing away with a policy that generally prohibits state Medicaid programs from covering long-term treatment for the mentally ill ages 21 to 64, and ensuring continuity of care for individuals with mental illness who transition between Medicaid and Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) offered through Exchanges. (Now, if we can only get them to write a similar letter focused on children and youth!)

Download the full letter here. Read excerpts from the letter below.


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    Sandra E. Patino
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    My daughter, Sarah has been in and out of hospitals for three months now. She has had bi-polar since she was 16 years of age. She is now in the 5th hospital due to congestive heart failure and kidney failure. she is only 31 years old and she wants to live! She has made unwise decisions due to her mental illness, now we are trying to find a long-term care for her that will deal with both the physical and mental challenges that her care demands. No long term care facility wants to take her largely because of her mental illness. This really frustrates me because we also would like to see my daughter live!!! She has been through hell, abused, neglected in some of the poorest nursing homes and hospitals that I have seen. Help us save Sarah, She has a right to LIVE!!!
    Can you help me?
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