Affordable Care Act May Not Increase Access for Mental Health

December 30, 2013 12:58 AM

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The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover mental health care just as they would with physical care; however a new study shows that only half of psychiatrists accept insurance. What does this implication have on Americans? This would mean that people that suffer from depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and many other mental health issues would be limited to those who can pay for the treatment out of their own pockets. Or they would be forced to choose from psychiatrists that do accept health insurance, which may differ from a doctor that they have already been seeing prior and are acquainted with, despite the law.

From 2009 to 2010, 53% of psychiatrists accepted insurance, compared with 89% of all other physicians who did, said Tara Bishop, associate professor of public health and medicine at Cornell Medical College per USA today. She drew her findings by looking over data from the National Center for Health ...

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