Hillary Clinton, in her recently-released mental health care agenda, outlined some of the specific steps she’d take to improve mental health care in the United States. Notably, she said she would “expand reimbursement systems for collaborative care models in Medicare and Medicaid.”
Collaborative care, a model of integrated care that treats mental health and substance use conditions in primary care settings, has been shown to improve outcomes and patient satisfaction while also reducing overall costs. Clinton also seeks to “promote the use of health information technology to foster coordination of care,” primarily through reimbursement for tele-psychiatry and other telehealth services.
For his part, Donald Trump has also spoken out on health care reform as well as mental health, saying:
We need to reform our mental health programs and institutions in this country. Families, without the ability to get the information needed to help those who are ailing, are too often not given the tools to help their loved ones. There are promising reforms being developed in Congress that should receive bi-partisan support.