Katelynn Schultz, Disability Rights Iowa
Andrew DiAntonio, National Health Law Program
Aaron Kellogg, Ropes & Gray
Camilla Jenkins, Children’s Rights New York
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Advocates Sue the State of Iowa over Failure to Provide Mental Health Care for Medicaid-Eligible Children
Des Moines, IA — Iowa is denying Medicaid-eligible children their legal right to mental health care, according to a class action lawsuit filed today by Disability Rights Iowa, Children’s Rights, National Health Law Program, and Ropes & Gray, LLP. The filing comes as children in the U.S. face unprecedented mental health challenges, and the need for mental health services among Iowa’s children has reached crisis levels. Iowa is ranked 41st worst in the nation for number of children suffering from at least one major depressive episode in the last year.