Part Two: Mental Health Policy in the Carolinas

While the Affordable Care Act now requires mental health coverage as an “essential benefit” under health insurance policies, there are still challenges in providing care for patients. Demand for mental health practitioners far exceeds supply in many communities in our region. The decision not to expand Medicaid in both of the Carolinas means a lack of coverage for some who cannot afford to buy their own insurance. On the second half of our two-part discussion on mental health policy, we explore the future of providers, coverage and other questions with our panel: Mecklenburg County Sheriff Chipp Bailey, Deby Dihoff of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Dr. Pete Liggett of the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Jan Probst of the S.C. Rural Health Research Center at the University of South Carolina and Mebane Rash of the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.

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