As states are working diligently to operationalize the unwinding of the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement, State Health and Value Strategies has been tracking the creative strategies states are implementing to minimize coverage losses. This expert perspective highlights all the hard work states are engaged in and spotlights innovative strategies other states may want to consider adopting. SHVS will continue to track and share state efforts to support coverage through the unwinding period. If your state is implementing a new effort to reach enrollees, or if you have questions about how you can implement an example included in this EP, please be in touch.
Medicaid Managed Care Strategies to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Mental Healthcare for Adults
Medicaid programs are uniquely positioned to promote greater equity in mental healthcare, as the program plays an outsized role in the financing and delivery of mental healthcare. This issue brief identifies ways in which states can leverage their Medicaid managed care (MMC) programs to advance their health equity goals. The four approaches outlined in the issue brief describe requirements or incentives for MMC entities to 1) direct quality improvement strategies to identify mental health disparities and successfully intervene to promote equity; 2) facilitate access to clinical and non-clinical mental healthcare services; 3) integrate mental health in primary care settings; and 4) address the lack of a racially and ethnically diverse mental health workforce. The brief also provides state examples to further illustrate how each approach has been implemented.