Intriguing Thought: Increasing Mental Health Care Under Affordable Care May Reduce Need for Social Security Disability

New changes brought about by health care reform will positively impact those who suffer from mental illness but are currently unable to seek treatment due to a lack of health care coverage. Under Obamacare, they cannot be rejected due to a pre-existing condition, including mental illness. In addition, mental health treatment must now be covered at the same level as other physical health issues. And there is no lifetime limit on mental health care, incredibly important given the fact that, again according to NAMI, “for anyone who has mental illness … recovery is an ongoing process. Gaps in treatment due to limits on care can be harmful.”

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