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Health Care Reform

Behavioral Health in the Medicaid Program

The Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) improved access to mental health and substance use disorder services in Maryland. Under the Medicaid expansion 248,200 Maryland residents gained coverage. Medicaid is the largest source of funding for Maryland’s public behavioral health system. Baltimore City represents almost 35 percent of the public behavioral health system in Maryland, serving over 65,000 people with mental illness and substance use disorders annually. Proposed cuts to Medicaid would have a devastating effect on the public behavioral health sector in Maryland.

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