The effects of repealing the Affordable Care Act on Mental Health Facilities

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mh1As republicans move to change the Affordable Care Act, known as “ObamaCare,” questions remain in the mental health sector.  One of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act is individuals suffering from mental health illness would be covered.

More than 40 million people suffer from mental health illness.  According to the American Psychiatric Association, nearly 30% of individuals who received coverage from the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act suffered from a mental disorder or substance abuse.  A partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act, could remove the expansion of Medicaid, which gave millions of low-income people insurance.

Thresholds, the Josselyn Center and other treatment facilities depend on the Affordable Care Act to provide service to low-income individuals.  Helphollyhelp.com‘s current challenge is looking to raise money and awareness to Thresholds; who provides healthcare and housing for people suffering from mental illness and substance abuse problems.

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