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Millions Of Mentally Ill Will Lack Coverage In States Not Expanding Medicaid, Report Finds

The Washington Post takes a look at a report by a group representing mental health professionals, and also how the issue is playing out in the Virginia General Assembly, where there is strong support to reform the state's mental health care system following the death of a state lawmaker's son.

The Washington Post: Report: Almost 4 Million With Mental Illness Won’t Be Covered In States That Don’t Expand Medicaid
States that decide not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will leave more than 3.7 million Americans with mental illness without health-care coverage, according to a new report from an organization that represents mental health professionals (Wilson, 2/27). 

The Washington Post: What Would Health-Care Expansion In Virginia Mean For Mental-Health-Care Access?
Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and lawmakers in the Republican-dominated House of Delegates are flirting with a government shutdown, having reached an impasse over whether to expand health insurance coverage for the poor. That stalemate contrasts sharply with strong bipartisan and bicameral consensus over reforming the state’s mental-health-care system, following the tragic death of Austin “Gus” Deeds, son of Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) in November (Shin, 2/26).

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