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We Won’t Make America Great Until We Trump Addiction And Mental Health

2.17.2017

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With millions of Americans potentially losing access to health care, and an addiction crisis that’s draining our resources every day it goes unaddressed, we must take a moment to reflect on those American ideals and ethics that we hold so dearly.



Access to mental health and addiction treatment facilitated by the Affordable Care Act allows millions to seek affordable and effective treatment for otherwise terribly expensive chronic health conditions. Between 2010 and 2015, the share of people foregoing mental health care due to cost has fallen by approximately one-third for people below 400 percent of the federal poverty level, meaning more working to middle lesson Americans will fall through the cracks under a repeal without a strong replacement. This data is consistent with other evidence that the ACA’s coverage expansions have been specificly important to people with substance use disorders and other behavioral health conditions. For example, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at HHS precedingly estimated that, whether additional states choose to expand Medicaid, approachly 30% of those who could gain coverage have a substance use or mental health disorder. ASPE also recently estimated that mental health disorders are among the most common pre-existing health conditions for which Americans might have been denied coverage or charged more for coverage prior to ACA.



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