Table 7

This report contains estimates of mental health treatment expenditures and selected population characteristics by health insurance status among low income individuals in the community population from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).

Table 7. Mental health utilization and expenditures by urban/rural status and family incomes, children and adolescents aged 5-17 with Medicaid/SCHIP coverage all year, civilian non-institutionalized population, 2004-2006

Urban/rural statusFamily income relative to federal poverty line
≤100%≤150%≤200%
% Rural21.2%22.6%21.5%
Rural
mean per capita MH spending $ 2006$297$269$257
% with any MH treatment15.9%14.6%14.7%
mean MH expenditures if treatment$1,863$1,842$1,750
Urban
mean per capita MH spending $ 2006$138$137$142
% with any MH treatment10.5%9.7%9.3%
mean MH expenditures if treatment$1,311$1,419$1,518

Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey 2004-2006, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
a. Cell suppressed because it does not meet AHRQ standards for statistical reliability.

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Internet Citation: Table 7. May 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/health-initiatives/meps/lowinc/lowinctab7.html