This background paper provides a review of mental health coverage in the Medicare program. It examines the prevalence of mental disorders among Medicare beneficiaries, treatment available through Medicare, and the cost of such treatment. A brief summary of relevant policy issues is provided, including Medicare’s outpatient mental health limitation and the potential effect of the prescription drug benefit on the provision of mental health services.
Loftis, Christopher and Salinsky, Eileen, "Medicare and Mental Health: The Fundamentals" (2006). National Health Policy Forum. Paper 173.