I could use some help getting started. I am researching how certain medications regarding mental health can be difficult to obtain. I think cause and effect is relative in the sense that lower income families cannot afford the medicine and therefore are more likely to suffer from mental illness.

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  1. davidbdale says:

    I would think inability to afford the medication would be just one of many reasons the poor don’t get the medications they need, Profs.

    But first, let’s examine the claim you’re making. I asked Google a simple question: “Does Medicaid cover mental health treatment?” This is what I found at the top of the page:

    2017: The Medicaid program covers many inpatient and outpatient mental health services, such as psychiatric treatment, counseling, and prescription medications. Medicaid coverage of mental health services is often more comprehensive than private insurance coverage. Nov 27, 2017\

    2019: However, Medicaid covers mental health services that most private insurance policies don’t cover. Due to growing public awareness of the importance of mental health care and laws like the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, private insurance plans are covering more mental health services than ever before. However, it is rare for private insurance plans to cover intensive services that many Medicaid plans cover like nursing home and other long-term care, round-the-clock services, supported employment, case management, and in-home mental health care. In fact, many older adults who need nursing home care or other intensive services often elect to “spend down” assets so they can qualify for Medicaid coverage for these specialized and otherwise expensive services. Most Medicaid plans also cover basic mental health services like therapy, psychiatrist visits, and clinic care.


    Maybe you’re carving out a special class of mental illness sufferers, Profs. Not the truly poor, maybe, who could get Medicaid coverage, and not the wealthy who can afford to pay or whose private insurance might pay, but the in-between population who make too much for Medicaid.

    There are certainly causal arguments available to you, but you’ll have to do the research to find evidence to support them.


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