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Medicaid expansion boosts prescriptions for mental health medications

Low-income Americans are more likely than the general population to struggle with mental illness, according to the Center for Disease Control, and less likely to get help for it. But Medicaid has the potential to ease the impact that mental health has on the cycle of poverty.

States in which Medicaid was expanded between 2011 and 2016 saw a 22% increase in prescriptions for psychotropic medications used to treat mental illness, a report distributed by …
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