U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is urging state legislators to reconsider expanding Medicaid under the federal health care reform law. Sebelius spoke yesterday (SAT) at the Council of State Governments conference in Kansas City. According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, Sebelius says she would have jumped at this opportunity to expand Medicaid when she was governor of Kansas.
While in the Kansas City area, Sebelius also spoke at a conference on mental health care, which drew about 300 people, including consumers and mental health workers. The mental health conference was one of several taking place across the country, at the behest of the Obama administration. Sebelius said that 60 percent of all Americans who have mental health conditions and 90 percent of Americans with substance abuse disorder do not get the treatment they need.