Telebehavioral health (TBH) use among rural medicaid beneficiaries: Relationships with telehealth policies

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MRHRC, telehealth, Medicaid, rural, behavioral health, policy, access


The authors examined associations between state Medicaid telehealth policies and telebehavioral health (TBH) use among rural fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries with behavioral health needs and assessed relationships between beneficiary characteristics and TBH use. They concluded that in the FFS Medicaid environment, engaging patients through informed consent within provider settings that receive facility fees may facilitate access to TBH services.

FMI: Yvonne C. Jonk, PhD, Deputy Director, Maine Rural Health Research Center,


This study was supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Rural Telehealth Research Center under Cooperative Agreement UICRH29074. The information, conclusions, and opinions expressed are those 1 of the authors and no endorsement by FORHP, HRSA, or HHS is intended or should be inferred.

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Federal Office of Rural Health Policy