State Data from “Dashed Hopes” Report
AMHCA has provided detailed figures on how many people who have a serious mental illness, are in serious psychological distress, or have a substance use disorder are eligible for health insurance coverage through the new Medicaid Expansion program in 19 of the 25 states that have rejected participation in the initiative.
This data is from AMHCA’s new, groundbreaking report, “Dashed Hopes, Broken Promises, More Despair: How the Lack of State Participation in the Medicaid Expansion Will Punish Americans With Mental Illness.
When the mentally ill cannot access services, they often become a danger to themselves, to law enforcement officers, and to the public at large.
For other reasons why states should accept recovery of their constituents federal tax dollars, please see my previous posts about Florida Governor Rick Scott’s refusal of Medicaid Expansion leading to young, single mother Charlene Dill’s death, and my previous posts about the Veteran Administration’s denials of service and delays in service contributing to their being roughly 22 Vet suicides each and every day, week after week, year after year.