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.
News stories related to this important development are listed below:
- Obamacare repeal seen as weakening mental health protections (Politico)
- House Republicans Make Initial Move to Retain and Revise Obamacare (Mental Health America)
- Obamacare Repeal Likely a Setback for Mental Health, Opioid Crisis (Bloomberg)
- The GOP’s Obamacare repeal plan is out–and it’s even worse than anyone expected (LA Times)
- Mental Health and Addictions Providers Condemn Changes to Healthcare System in… (Briebart)