Repeal the discriminatory Medicaid IMD Exclusion. Provide access to long-term care to everyone.
repleal this discriminatory practice!
Ray Coleman commented
As an advocate for people with mental illness and as a prior jail administrator, I support Medicaid funds being used to treat persons with mental illness. Funding for treatment is essential to obtain mental health treatment. The alternative is spend public funding to house people with mental illness in jail, A waste of money with no "end results"
Allan Olson, D.O. commented
This is antiquated and discriminatory. One just cannot treat patients adequately with this kind of rule in place.
Mary Lee Dodd commented
Stop discrimination of mental diseases and start equalizing assistance.
Jeanne Walter commented
Please stop discrimination against those with mental illness. Life is difficult enough!
We need to change the policy, quit sweeping the mentally ill under a
Sharon Arredondo commented
We need to change the current policy.
If states want to reduce expenses in General Funds or other programs, they should reduce the over-inflated salaries and benefits many state workers get, instead of continually trying to make budget cuts on social service programs and services that serve mentally ill individuals!
REV. CHET WATSON commented
John Walker commented
With the reduced revenue in our state, (Michigan), Community Mental Health budgets have been reduced. The reductions are primarily in General Funds. Inpatient care must now be paid out of General Funds, leaving little for any other services. Unless a patient has Medicaid, they only get a minimum of service.
Sharon Roth commented
this rule discriminates against persons with a mental illness.
John Davis commented
I have a good friend who has a son with schizophrenia. He needs to be in the hospital. He needs treatment. His parents are in their seventies and
want to know that he will at least be cared for.
Paul T. Riel, Ph.D. commented
As a consequence of the Medicaid IMD exclusion the mentally ill are more likely to end up in jails rather than hospitals. I support its repeal.
Grace Flannery commented
I agree! The Medicaid IMD Exclusion discriminates against those who are least able to care for themselves. Illness is illness...it makes no sense to provide treatment for illnesses in some parts of the body and not in others. Mental illness is a killer, just like heart disease.
Hope Luedeke commented
When is the world going to wake up to the terrible plight of mental illness and no way to take care of its victims?
Melinda Cohen commented
How would someone feel if they had a heart attack and when they looked for help and aid, they were told . . . . sorry, treatment for your condition has been repealed? Mental illness are real biological illnesses and deserve the same level of care that other illnesses receive . . . and follow up care, as well. Thank you.
Jean L Summerfield commented
The federal IMD exclusion has negatively impacted the development of an adequate array and system of services for people with SMI and exerted perverse effects on state policy and spending. The exclusion has also allowed the federal government to avoid the types of research and investment that have been made in Developmental Disabilities, since people with SMI in need of this level of care are deemed entirely a state responsibility. It is particularly annoying to see the exclusion portrayed as some progressive federal push toward community care. Instead it has resulted in incarceration, homelssness, and inappropriate placement in facilities with no capability of service to persons with SMI. Some significant changes - even if not total repeal - are decades past due!
Helen Gerhardt commented
Repeal the medicaid imd exclusion. People with mental illness need long term care as much as other patients.
J Giffin commented
Please repeal the Medicaid IMD exclusion.