Eleven states and the District of Columbia will test expansion of Medicaid reimbursement to include emergency psychiatric care.

The three-year demonstration program is authorized under the Accountable Care Act and will provide up to $75 million of federal Medicaid matching funds over three years.

Under the program, Medicaid will pay private psychiatric hospitals to treat adult beneficiaries needing emergency treatment because they are an immediate danger to themselves or others. These patients often receive care in hospital emergency departments that are not equipped to provide appropriate treatment.

In addition to D.C., participating states include Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Washington and West Virginia. Participants will collect and report data to evaluate the program. More information is available here.

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