Introduced by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Bob Casey, D-Pa., Investing in Kids’ Mental Health Now Act (S. 4747) would incentivize increased state payment rates for pediatric mental health services covered by Medicaid by providing enhanced federal matching funds. It also includes guidance to better support children’s mental health under Medicaid.
Children’s hospitals remain committed to working with Congress to advance comprehensive legislation that will provide broader availability of pediatric behavioral health services nationwide to improve children’s mental health and well-being. Children and families need us to act now!