Medicaid Faces Behavioral Health Provider Shortage, but MCOs Can Help

Amid heightened demand for mental health care, Medicaid managed care plans are struggling to connect their members with behavioral health care services. New research from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) reveals that low payment rates, along with administrative burden and slow revenue cycles, are key reasons why Medicaid beneficiaries can’t access mental health care despite high need.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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