Medicaid recipients in San Juan Islands will receive integrated physical and behavioral care as of July 1

On July 1, 2019 Washington state shifted the way it pays for the delivery of physical and mental health services for those on Medicaid (Apple Health) in San Juan County. This change will make it easier for Medicaid patients to access the health services they need.

This is part of the statewide shift in healthcare delivery across Washington to bring together the payment and delivery of physical and behavioral health services, along with mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

In the past, Medicaid clients had to navigate three separate systems in order to access the services they needed to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Now those services will be coordinated through one system, which should lead to improved health outcomes, more streamlined services, and better coordination of care from a patient’s primary care provider.

Most people in Washington will stay enrolled in their current health plan. If that plan will not be an option in 2019 or 2020, the Health Care Authority will auto-enroll Medicaid clients to one of the available plans. More information can be found at https://www.hca.wa.gov/health-care-services-supports/apple-health-medicaid-coverage/apple-health-managed-care.

Have questions? Community Health Plan of Washington is available to help at 1-800-440-1561 or www.chpw.org.

 

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