Mental health and Medicaid

When the Medicaid expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act was put into place, experts and health policy wonks knew that the expanded insurance coverage for the poor wouldn’t only mean access to hospital based clinical care.  After all, nearly one in five uninsured Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 and making less than 138% of the federal poverty level suffer from mental health and substance abuse disorders.  In states that opt to expand Medicaid under the ACA, those people would be eligible for coverage that includes mental health treatment.

Unfortunately, states that decide not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will leave more than 3.7 million Americans with mental illness without health-care coverage, and therefore out in the cold.

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the ramblings of a medical professional by day, judgmental ginger by night
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