Link: https://morningconsult.com/alert/expanding-medicaid-increases-access-to-ment al-health-substance-abuse-treatment-hhs-report-says/?utm_source=hs_email &utm_medium=email&utm_content=27760891&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8bGik_w7eNVm_pYxqrUJWt DbbTtxtzSO18TLgWHgcvgoSIVPbXAl8e5doCW4XVtHCQA00Lwg-MS6BDWMks2yCXAKCAZ_LQ_-lf DpYFPfWzNWFv0Gg&_hsmi=27760891

By Mary Ellen McIntire
By March 28, 2016

Approximately 1.9 million uninsured people with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder live in states that have not yet expanded Medicaid, according to a new report out today from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The data, from 2014, shows that expanding Medicaid can increase access to treatment for people with behavioral health disorders, the report says. Twenty states have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and many would benefit the most from doing so, HHS says.