Mental health cuts stir controversy

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But the DHS says changes won't reduce access to care. A group of behavioral health providers and patients rallied at the Arkansas Capitol last Thursday to protest reductions in Medicaid reimbursement rates that they say threaten to drive mental health agencies out of business. Rate changes implemented by the state Department of Human Services on July 1 have resulted in an 11 percent across-the-board cut for some providers, according to Luke Kramer, the director of the STARR Coalition, the advocacy group that organized the protest. The state, he said, appears to be "systematically dismantling" the behavioral health system, endangering thousands of Arkansans suffering from mental illnesses. "I don't know what the endgame...

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Mental health cuts stir controversy

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