ACA Repeal: Stories from the Frontlines of Mental Health Treatment and Care
As we know, the legislative efforts to repeal and replace the Affodrable Care Act (ACA) —including or especially a potential rollback of the Act’s Medicaid expansion — carry particularly and criticially high risks for men, women and families in treatment for addiction and mental health disorders.
Nationwide, 24 million of us stand to lose Medicaid coverage, while here in Massachusetts, an estimated 300,000 MassHealth-covered families and individuals could lose access to affordable care.
In last week's blog post, we promised to bring you a series of stories from the frontlines of behavioral health — real-life patient vignettes that demonstrate how access to publicly-funded care changes (or saves) our clients' or patients' lives.
Here’s this week’s story from one of our outpatient counseling clinics on the North Shore:
Repealing and Replacing The Affordable Care Act: What We Stand to Lose
First, welcome to our new behavioral health and wellness blog.
We hadn't planned it this way, but it's fortuitious that our blog is going live at this critical juncture in the future of American healthcare--particularly for low and middle-income families and individuals.
On Monday, March 6, the U.S. House Republicans unveiled its long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The legislative efforts to repeal and replace the ACA--including or especially a potential rollback of the Act's Medicaid expansion--carry special risks for men, women and families struggling with addiction and mental health disorders.
Of course, this is not the only patient sub-group who stands to lose here, but these are the folks who we, at Lahey Health Behavioral Services, are privileged to serve. Our clients' health and recovery are what inspire us all to go to work every day.
Or, as Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health writes, "Medicaid is not a partisan issue; it is a human issue."