Evaluation of State Policies for Aligning Behavioral Health Coverage between Medicaid and State Health Insurance (December 2016)
Principal Investigator: Alexander Cowell, PhD, RTI International
The goal of this research is to inform state policy discussions around access to and continuity of behavioral health care in Medicaid and the exchanges for those who transition between these sources of coverage. The research team will analyze documents from state Medicaid plans and health insurance exchanges to assess the extent of alignment between Medicaid and private insurance in terms of the scope, level of coverage, and formulary design for behavioral health care. They will also assess whether alignment for behavioral health is different from that for general medical coverage.