Mental Health and the ACA

Did you know that in any given year more than 25% of adults in the United States will suffer from a mental disorder? These people are our family and friends so it’s especially important they get the care they need to improve their day to day lives. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of Americans will be able to seek psychological services under their insurance plans. In fact, some estimates suggest that as many as 62 million Americans will gain insurance coverage for mental health disorders because of the ACA.

Let’s review some other major benefits of the ACA:

  • Substance use disorders are included as an “essential health benefit.” This means that by 2014 many new health insurance plans must provide care for substance use disorders.
  • By 2014, you can’t be denied care because of a pre-existing mental health condition.
  • In certain states Medicaid will be expanded, providing millions of low income Americans better access to mental health services.
  • Increased preventative care (for example, no deductibles for routine checkups) will help diminish the prevalence of conditions like diabetes that are linked to mental health disorders.

Click here to read the ACA for yourself!