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Improving Behavioral Health Supports for Dual-Eligible Individuals

In a new letter to Senators Wyden and Crapo, Arnold Ventures emphasizes the urgent importance to improve behavioral health supports for those who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

The dual-eligible population is three times more likely than the Medicare-only population to have a mental health diagnosis. And more so, dual-eligible individuals are more often low-income, have multiple chronic conditions, face food and housing insecurity, and identify as racial or ethnic minorities — realities that only exacerbate their care complexity. Given the prevalence of mental health conditions of this population, and the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress must act swiftly to increase access and improve quality of behavioral health care for this vulnerable population. 

In a response to a Request for Information (RFI) released by Senators Ron Wyden, D‑Ore. And Mike Crapo, R‑Idaho, of the Senate Finance Committee, Arnold Ventures outlined the specific social needs that affect care and outcomes for dual-eligible individuals and identified opportunities for policy change.

Read our response below or here.