Wis. Assembly OKs mental health Medicaid expansion

CREATED Nov 12, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would expand Medicaid coverage for mental health treatment.
   
The measure would allow an emotionally disturbed child to access in-home therapy without having to show a failure to succeed in outpatient therapy; allow families to participate in in-home therapy even if a child in that family is enrolled in a day treatment program; and allow Medicaid reimbursement for mental health service providers who work with patients through interactive video and audio links.
   
The bill came out of recommendations from a mental health task force Assembly Speaker Robin Vos appointed.
   
The Assembly passed the proposal on a voice vote Tuesday. It goes next to the state Senate.