Despite ACA, Many Not Getting Mental Health Treatment They Need

Politico (7/13, Ehley) reports that despite all that the Affordable Care Act did to help address issues in the mental health system, “the bottom line is that most [with mental health issues] still aren’t getting treatment.” This is partly due to the “serious shortage of behavioral health specialists, and a dwindling number of clinics and hospitals…designed to treat and house people with serious mental illnesses.” Additionally, “care can be costly,” even for those with an in-network healthcare professional, and many therapists don’t take insurance. Finally, “enforcement of other” ACA “mental health requirements…has ranged from weak to nonexistent.”

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— “Obamacare and mental health: An unfinished story,” BRIANNA EHLEY, Politico, July 13, 2016.

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