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Possible Harm to Iowans With Mental Illness
« on: January 16, 2013, 04:42:45 PM »

 Cedar Valley Legislators Consider Mental Health Funding

If Iowa opts out of the Medicaid expansion, poor Iowans with severe mental illnesses – one in six, according to a recent study – could be harmed.

A prickly debate over Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act could influence how Iowa’s mental health system overhaul is funded.

A bipartisan panel of legislators said last week that $20 million is needed to implement the redesigned mental health system, which is $18 million more than the Iowa Department of Human Services thinks is needed. Iowa is moving away from a system under which Iowa’s 99 counties each ran their own programs to a system of 15 regional authorities.

The new system shifts responsibility for funding mental health care from county property taxpayers to Medicaid.

    By B.A. Morelli and Beth Dalbey
    January 15, 2013

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