Affordable Care Act

President Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. Source: Wikipedia

President Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, is often in the news. One of the law’s most important (and most controversial) provisions, providing for the expansion of Medicaid by the states, is being hotly debated in state legislatures nationwide. As of this writing, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on the legality of the insurance subsidies in the federal exchanges – one of the law’s central provisions. Clearly, it pays to be informed on the political twists and turns of Obamacare.

Behavioral health access was restricted under Affordable Care Act

Researchers wrote that the data suggest a patient in the Denver area would need to call seven to 10 psychiatrists, depending on the insurance company, to find an available appointment. “These findings are consistent with similar studies conducted in other regions, suggesting that access to outpatient behavioral health care is limited despite existing ACA regulations,” Read more

Challenges for Insured Patients in Accessing Behavioral Health Care

A study determined that 9.8% to 59% of providers could offer a new patient appointment, with psychiatry appointments being particularly difficult to schedule. These findings are consistent with similar studies conducted in other regions, suggesting that access to outpatient behavioral health care is limited despite existing ACA regulations.

How the Senate health-care bill will drop people with preexisting conditions

Senate health-care bill – Before the ACA became law in 2010, many plans did not provide coverage for dental and vision care for children, maternity care, substance use disorder treatment (such as opioid addiction treatment), mental-health care or prescription drugs. Senate Republicans would let states permit insurers to decide not to cover those services again.

What the Obamacare overhaul could mean for Texas’ terrible maternal mortality rate

Texas officials were already investigating why an alarming number of Lone Star women are dying from pregnancy-related complications when a study last year ranked the state’s maternal mortality rate as the nation’s worst. That’s why many doctors and health care advocates are watching Republican-led negotiations in Washington over replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Report: Texas Rural Health Care Faces Funding Crisis

A new report warns that Texas rural health could be hit hardest under a Congressional plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It found that proposed funding cuts to the Medicaid program, which already is operating at a minimal level in Texas, could force many rural hospitals to close, leaving hundreds of thousands of Read more

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