Thomas Ramey Watson

Nearly 4 Million Seriously Mentally Ill Still Without Insurance

[The] 24 states that chose not to expand their Medicaid programs, offered under the Affordable Care Act . . . have left about 3.7 million Americans with serious mental illness, psychological distress or a substance abuse disorder without health insurance, according to a recent report from the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), a group that represents mental health professionals.

In states that agreed to expand Medicaid, about 3 million people who have those conditions and were uninsured are now eligible for coverage, according to the report.



Like all counselors I believe we need more mental health services offered, not fewer.

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