Friday, Dec 6, 2013
Facilities Brace for Influx of Patients with Mental Health, Addiction Issues
WILLIAMSON COUNTY-- Under the Affordable Care Act, thousands now qualify for mental health, addiction treatment through Medicaid. Local groups are thrilled to help, but they expect the demand to exceed current resources available.
"Could be as high as 2,000 to 3,000. Would be a challenge for us in terms of capacity. We don't right now have the capacity to do that," The H Group CEO John Markley said.
Because of that, he plans to shift their approach from individual to group care, depending on the willingness of patients. This will help them cover more people.
Shawnee already provides some care to people without insurance. Patients pay on a sliding scale based on their income. Jensen hopes the new law will help their patients get all of the treatment they need.
Illinois adds another layer of complications. The state is behind on its bills, so the groups already deal with deficits in funding and resources.
"Even though we're happy about the expansion, were skeptical about whether we'll get paid for that expansion," explained Patsy Jensen.
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