Because the Medicaid program is complex and multi-faceted, it can be difficult to keep abreast of new developments and their implications for specific groups of beneficiaries. In the case of mental health services, CMS, the Bazelon Center on Mental Health Law and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (see Chapter 1) regularly make information available on their web sites concerning Medicaid developments of interest in the arena of mental health services. Other sites include:
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
The CMS web site has extensive resources concerning the Medicaid program, including program descriptions, state specific information, and descriptions of major CMS initiatives, including those related to the President's New Freedom Initiative.
Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
The Kaiser Commission provides information and analysis on health care coverage and access for the low-income population, with a special focus on Medicaid's role and coverage of the uninsured. It publishes a wealth of information on numerous Medicaid topics. It is an especially well-respected information source.
State Medicaid Agency Web Sites
Since Medicaid programs vary appreciably from state-to-state, it is important to keep abreast of developments at the state level. State Medicaid agency contact information and web sites are located at this URL.