According to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), about 3 million low-income, uninsured adults have a behavioral health condition, including serious mental illness, a substance use condition or both.
That number was divided evenly between states that did and did not expand their Medicaid programs.
The auditors said that the non-expansion states it studied offer treatment services for low-income uninsured people – though the programs prioritize care for people with the most serious illnesses. State officials in the Medicaid expansion states that GAO analyzed said they experienced an increase in availability of behavioral health treatment, though “some access concerns remain.”
The full report is available online here.