Of the 37 state Medicaid plans that, in January and February 2020, covered Medicaid behavioral health services via telehealth through managed care organizations (MCOs), few have formally evaluated the effects on access to behavioral health care and costs. Seventeen of the state Medicaid plans reported that program observations indicate that telehealth increased beneficiary access to care. Only two states formally evaluated the effects on access. One reported that for one of its Medicaid MCOs about 70% of those who used telehealth for behavioral health treatment lived in rural counties, and 24% lived in urban counties. This state believes that without . . .
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