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Obamacare Repeal Likely a Setback for Mental Health Crisis

by on March 9, 2017

House Republicans who last year made good on promises to overhaul the mental health system could roll back coverage for millions of people with mental illness and addiction problems by overhauling Medicaid as part of an Obamacare repeal package, a preliminary version of which was released this week.

The new legislation being marked up today would phase out Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which covers 1.2 million Americans with serious mental illness and substance abuse problems, as well as scrap baseline coverage requirements. The change means certain beneficiaries would no longer get coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatments guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act.

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