Rallying Against Mental Health Funding Cuts

Mental health advocates are rallying to
urge state regulators to restore a one-third cut in payments for
certain services.
The advocates say some treatment providers will close and many
patients will suffer because of the cuts.
The Department of Health and Human Services said last week it
would immediately cut Medicaid reimbursement rates to $40.00
per hour for what's called "community support" services. That
came in response to a review of billing by private companies and
nonprofit agencies.
The division that runs Medicaid says that in response to
complaints, it had loosened billing restrictions so that services
performed before April 5th would be paid under the old rate of $61.00 per hour.
A top administrator, meanwhile, is defending the hastily
announced reduction for a program that spent about 700 million
dollars over the past year or so for about 45,000 Medicaid


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