Medicaid kids more likely to get antipsychotics

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

New York Times reporter Duff Wilson reports on federally funded research that has revealed that children covered by Medicaid are four times more likely to get antipsychotic drugs than those covered by private insurers. Wilson puts the story in context with discussion of possible new FDA regulations on antipsychotics for children, as well as state efforts to curb the Medicaid-related prescriptions.

A group of Medicaid medical directors from 16 states, under a project they call Too Many, Too Much, Too Young, has been experimenting with ways to reduce prescriptions of antipsychotic drugs among Medicaid children. They plan to publish a report early next year.

Wilson explores a number of potential causes for the disparity, noting that, at the very least, children on Medicaid don’t get adequate mental health services.

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