The Governor Closes the Gap for Indiana’s Most Vulnerable Populations
Mental Health America of Indiana supports the Governor’s proposed expansion of the Healthy IndianaPlan that will help close the ever-widening gap in coverage for the most vulnerable populations in Indiana. It is estimated that 59,000 Hoosiers who are uninsured within the expansion population are adults with a serious mental illness. That number increases to 86,500, when all mental illnesses are included. Clearly the need for access to behavioral health care is critical to the health of our state.
“Access to health care, including mental health and substance use, is crucial for those who cannot currently afford private insurance or who do not qualify for Medicaid. With the expansion of HIP, those who need behavioral healthcare coverage will be able to get it,” said Stephen C. McCaffrey, CEO of Mental Health America of Indiana. “There can be no comprehensive health care without access to mental health and substance use services, which is important to the health of not only those who are currently not covered, but to everyone. Healthy individuals make healthy communities.”
While the plan proposed today by the Governor still needs to gain approval from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, McCaffrey is hopeful. “Expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan is a positive step forward in ensuring that those who would have fallen in the gap, will now have a path to health care services that will not only treat illnesses, but will also help prevent them. Successful prevention and treatment of illness, including mental illness and substance use, not only saves the state money, but more importantly will save Hoosier lives,” McCaffrey said.
Mental Health America of Indiana was established in 1957 as a non-profit organization working for the mental health of all citizens and for victory over mental illness and addiction through public education, advocacy and public health reform. Through our 11 subsidiary organizations and more than 40 local affiliates, the Association is meeting its mission to reduce stigma and promote mental wellness.