Medicaid and CHIP Archive

 Medicaid accounts for 25% of all mental health spending and 21% of all substance use disorder spending in the U.S. Approximately 29% of Medicaid beneficiaries have a mental illness or substance use disorder.  Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides comprehensive health coverage to roughly 9 million children and pregnant women, including behavioral health care. The Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) advocates for public policies to protect and strengthen Medicaid and CHIP while ensuring robust coverage of behavioral health services and access to care for people living with these conditions.

Issue statements from past Congresses appear below. For statements from the current session of Congress, view the medicaid and CHIP issue statements page.