How Will Medicaid Work Requirements Affect People with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse?

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<p>In recent months, several states have announced they will soon begin requiring most residents with Medicaid coverage to work, or perform community service, to receive their health benefits. More states are signaling they will follow suit. What will this mean for the millions of Medicaid beneficiaries dealing with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, or both?</p><p>For our new Q&A, we talked with Harvard health economist Richard Frank about the challenges of determining whether someone can work, and what happens when people with mental illness are denied critical benefits. Frank is coauthor, along with New York University’s Sherry Glied, of a recent Commonwealth Fund–supported study in <em>Psychiatric Service</em> on this topic.</p> Read the Q&A