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Wis. Assembly OKs mental health Medicaid expansion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill that would expand Medicaid coverage for mental health treatment.

The measure would allow an emotionally disturbed child to access in-home therapy without having to show a failure to succeed in outpatient therapy; allow families to participate in in-home therapy even if a child in that family is enrolled in a day treatment program; and allow Medicaid reimbursement for mental health service providers who work with patients through interactive video and audio links.

The bill came out of recommendations from a mental health task force Assembly Speaker Robin Vos appointed.

The Assembly passed the proposal on a voice vote Tuesday. It goes next to the state Senate.