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A Lack of Behavioral Health Providers in Medicare and Medicaid Impedes Enrollees' Access to Care

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Examines the availability of behavioral health providers who actively serve Medicare or Medicaid enrollees in 20 counties, 10 urban and 10 rural, across 10 states in 2021. Explores the extent to which traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid enrollees received behavioral health services and whether they used telehealth or in-person services. Offers recommendations to encourage more behavioral health providers to serve these enrollees and expand coverage to additional behavioral health provider types. Includes rural and urban comparisons throughout.
Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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Access · Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Health workforce supply and demand · Medicaid · Medicare · Policy · Rural-urban differences · Statistics and data · Telehealth

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