Over 20 million Americans and about 1 million Texans have insurance through the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. They, by far, have the most at stake when the Senate considers repealing the law this week — perhaps with a replacement, perhaps not.
Affordable Care Act
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.
Health policy expert Daniel E. Dawes (who was an instrumental force in the drafting of the Affordable Care Act) and other mental health advocates are fighting to protect essential benefits currently under attack by Obama opponents, including benefits for mental health and addiction care.
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
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.
The Senate’s proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to sharply cut Medicaid payments to states through so-called per capita caps can sound very abstract to social workers and policymakers coping with the day-to-day tragedies and crises of child welfare.
It seems to be the great irony of the Affordable Care Act that we have recognized the need for mental and behavioral health services in health care. Yet, we do not provide resolutions as to helping organizations cope with the explosion of need and shortage in supply.
When Obamacare repeal was but a twinkle in Republicans’ eyes, Pacific Standard wrote about how the disappearance of the Affordable Care Act might affect Americans who need mental-health care. At the time, we didn’t yet know what the ACA’s replacement would look like. Now we do.
A bipartisan group of governors are criticizing the Republican health care bill currently being crafted in Congress, arguing the legislation fails to protect the vulnerable and shifts the financial burden of coverage to the states.
Health advocates on Friday used the first meeting of President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis to criticize a bill that would slash future Medicaid spending and deregulate the health insurance market, arguing that the legislation would undermine whatever progress the panel could make.
Representatives from Texas health care organizations surround a black box covered in question marks. A box of the unknown is how they describe the health care bill U.S. Republican Senators are crafting to replace the Affordable Care Act.
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.
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.
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“Our nation cannot afford to go back to the days when insurers selectively enrolled individuals to avoid financial responsibility for needed services. Nor can we afford to return to viewing mental health and substance use services as optional,” the leaders wrote.
Trump Country it may be, but rural counties and small towns also make up Medicaid Country — those parts of the nation whose low-income children and families are most dependent on the federal-state health insurance program, according to a report released Wednesday.
Among the poorest third of Americans studied, 38.2 percent report being in “fair or poor” health, compared with 12.3 percent of the richest third. Only Chile and Portugal have a larger income-based gap in the health status of their citizens.
Before Obamacare, a third of individual policyholders lacked coverage for substance abuse services, nearly two-fifth lacked coverage for mental health services, and about one in 10 lacked coverage for a prescription drug benefit.
A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities confirms just what’s at stake in these conversations for a swath of the country that played an awfully big role in getting President Donald Trump elected: rural America.
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
House Republicans’ proposal to rewrite federal health-care law would more than reverse the gains the Affordable Care Act has made in the number of Americans with health insurance, while curbing the federal deficit, according to a widely anticipated forecast by congressional analysts. Read more.
“The entirety of the disability community, people with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, psychological disabilities, veterans, seniors, are are all coming to the table to condemn and push back against these utterly wrongheaded proposals.” Read more.
The Republican-led House proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act could hurt millions of Americans who suffer with mental illness or substance abuse because it rolls back the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, say four GOP Senators.
The Affordable Care Act was a game changer for community clinics. It has enabled them to get reimbursement for much more of the care they provided, because more of their patients now had private insurance or were on Medicaid.
Beginning in January, the University of Arkansas was scheduled to include gender-dysphoria benefits in its insurance for faculty and staff members under a requirement from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
What the past 8 years have taught us is that health care reform requires an evidence-based, careful approach, driven by what is best for the American people. That is why Republicans’ plan is so reckless.
When Former President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, my first and most overwhelming emotion was relief.
A December 2016 report showed that for the first time in 20 years, life expectancy in the United States has declined, particularly in small cities and rural areas, where people are dying at much higher rates.