Medicare and Mental Health

Source: Center for Medicare Advocacy, Alert, March 14, 2013

In the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut policymakers, the media, and advocates across the country have turned their attention to the state of mental health care in the United States. In addition to societal stigma, people with mental health needs often face barriers to adequate medical coverage and treatment for their conditions. While many individuals and their families face these issues in the private market, people with Medicare also face obstacles to fair access and comprehensive coverage of mental health services. This Alert looks at the ways in which Medicare coverage for people with mental health and behavioral health needs can be improved….