Helaine I. Fingold, a Senior Counsel, and Kevin Malone, an Associate, in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Baltimore and Washington, DC, offices, respectively, were quoted in Behavioral Healthcare Executive, in “Behavioral Health Benefits Shift with GOP Plan,” by Julie Miller.

Following is an excerpt:

For Medicaid, AHCA removes the essential health benefit categories for the expansion population, allowing states to create plans that cover fewer services, Kevin Malone, associate with Epstein Becker Green, tells Behavioral Healthcare Executive. In theory, states could choose to stop covering behavioral health for about 14 million Medicaid expansion enrollees. …

“Essential health benefits are still in place in the current versions of the proposed legislation on the commercial side,” says Helaine Fingold, senior counsel with Epstein Becker Green. “However, what will go away and undermine mental health and other services is the actuarial value requirements.”

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