Over half of Medicaid expansion enrollees treated for MH and AOD disorders
A recent Columbus Dispatch article highlighted the fact that over half of the 950,000 previously uninsured Ohioans who have received health care coverage through the expansion of Medicaid utilized mental health and addiction treatment services after enrollment. Additionally, about 100,000 in this group were diagnosed with severe mental illness that had largely gone untreated prior to extension of Medicaid. This story highlights one of the many ways Ohio’s Department of Medicaid is providing more consistent health care to some of our most vulnerable citizens. Many of these individuals were previously left without the help they needed to lead productive lives, driving up health care costs elsewhere.
Read the article: Medicaid expansion covers nearly 500,000 Ohioans for mental health, drug treatment, The Columbus Dispatch
Visit bh.medicaid.ohio.gov for details about Ohio’s Behavioral Health Redesign.