Expanded Coverage For Young Adults Under ACA Increased Inpatient Mental Health Visits

The Kaiser Health News (6/11, Hancock) “Capsules” blog reported that according to a National Bureau of Economic Review working paper produced by researchers at Purdue and Indiana Universities, “expanded coverage for young adults under the Affordable Care Act substantially raised inpatient hospital visits related to mental health.” Economist Kosali Simon, of Indiana University, who helped author the paper, pointed out that “greater hospital use by the newly insured might be caused by inadequate outpatient resources to treat mental-health patients earlier and less expensively.”

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— “Study: Health Law Boosts Hospital Psych Care For Young Adults,” Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News, June 11, 2014.

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