WV Medicaid to Provide More Behavioral Healthcare

West Virginia Public News Service, Hampshire Review - Along with expanding Medicaid to the working poor, West Virginia will change billing rules to provide more behavioral health services though the program. Read

The Department of Health and Human Resources is preparing to accept Medicaid billing from independent, licensed, masters-level clinical social workers. The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy studied the availability of these services, and health-policy analyst Erin Snyder said the change should help ease a problem.

"There's a limited number of psychiatrists and psychologists as it is, and most areas of the state are considered mental-health professional shortage areas," she said. "With Medicaid expansion, there's an additional 150,000 individuals who will need access to health care."

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