Medicaid, a program financed jointly by federal and state governments, provides medical care and long-term care to many of the nation’s most vulnerable lower-income people. Because Medicaid is the primary payer of public mental health services, states have relied heavily on Medicaid funding for the past two decades. And, it is projected that Medicaid financing of mental health services will reach 60% by 2007. As a result, Medicaid has greatly influenced public mental health care, especially in terms of organization, financing, services covered, and access.
As a way to provide consumers and families with a better understanding of the many critical, and often confusing, aspects of the Medicaid system, especially as they relate to mental illness, the NAMI Policy Research Institute (NPRI) has developed a comprehensive series of detailed fact sheets entitled "Medicaid Facts -- What You Need to Know" (PDF, 583 KB). The fact sheets contain relevant background information, summaries of key current issues, and references and reports, among other information. They cover the following topics:
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