Rural health care in Texas is underdeveloped; Medicaid managed care can help

Texas House of Representatives Public Health Committee They will be holding a public hearing focusing on rural health this week and have been invited to comment on ways to strengthen the Texas health care workforce and address rural health care challenges.

As Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Texas, I’d like to touch on the importance of access to mental health care for rural Texans and highlight a resource that really addresses this challenge: managed medical care.

At the end of 2020, a report by NAMI found that 1 in 5 adults experience some symptoms of mental illness each year. according to mental health texasMore than 3.3 million adults in Texas suffer from mental illness. The conversation about mental health and conduct disorders has shifted as our world changes and we emerge from a global pandemic. In 2022, addressing mental health, especially in our youth, has never been more important.

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