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


Several states have announced they will begin requiring most residents with Medicaid coverage to work, or perform community service, to receive their benefits. What will this mean for the millions of Medicaid beneficiaries dealing with mental illness, substance abuse disorders, or both? 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.

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