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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.

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