Containing Health Costs Is Good But Not at the Expense of the Mentally Ill

February 6, 2014 5:48 PM

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Containing Health Costs Is Good But Not at the Expense of the Mentally Ill

For years, the consensus among politicians from both sides of the aisle has been that our health care system is flawed, broken, and in need of reform. Through passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we have already seen some commonsense reforms made that most policy makers believe are well overdue, such as expanding those covered by health insurance by allowing young adults to remain on their parents' health insurance plans for longer and preventing discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Most policy makers also agree that the most important decision makers when it comes to health care are patients and providers. However, proposed regulatory changes to Medicare Part D challenge this principle, and it is critical for our elected officials to get involved to ensure these changes are no...

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