As the nation experiences unprecedented levels of behavioral health needs—even further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic—state Medicaid programs have increasingly looked for flexibility to craft services and payment models that support improved access and outcomes.
This month, a majority of states are beginning to adjourn their 2021 legislative sessions.
The COVID-19 pandemic spurred a dramatic increase in virtual care adoption and use.
A key provision of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) is the establishment of the $350 billion Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (Fiscal Recovery Funds) for eligible state, local, territorial and Tribal governments (Recipients) to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).
Adoption of virtual care has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, the “digital divide” poses a barrier for expanding patient access services.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Guidelines for Behavioral Health Crisis Care distill the elements of a crisis system into three components with linkages to broader behavioral health continuums of care.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the United States, states, payers and providers are looking for ways to maintain expanded access to telehealth services.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 establishes a new state option to extend Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage for pregnant women for one year following the baby’s birth.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to major advances in health insurance coverage in the United States. From 2013 to 2019, the uninsured rate fell from approximately 17 percent to 11 percent.
On April 15, 2021, the HHS announced that the PHE declaration for COVID‑19 will be renewed for another 90 days, beginning on April 21 (the date the PHE was previously scheduled to expire) and extending through July 19, 2021.