Patients With Behavioral Health Needs May Not Be Getting Needed Treatment

MedPage Today (6/19, Freeman) reported that despite the provisions of the Affordable Care Act resulting in “much more insurance coverage than in the past, patients with behavioral health needs are not getting the treatment they need,” research suggests. Researchers arrived at that conclusion after analyzing “National Survey on Drug Use and Health data from 2005 to 2014 to estimate how many people were likely to face ‘serious psychological distress,’” then measuring “how many people actually received mental healthcare.” The study was published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

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— “Access to Mental Health Services Still Lags,” Gregory A. Freeman, MedPage Today, June 19, 2016.

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