The political climate in the United States has been tense and controversial this past year. The state of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called Obamacare, has been a big focus for the first few months of Donald Trump’s presidency. After an initial failure to implement a new health care bill, Republicans have finally succeeded.
Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, a conservative or liberal, or for or against the new health care bill there’s one fact that remains- this new bill will affect mental health care in America.
The GOP health care bill officially called “American Healthcare Reform Act or 2017” will leave millions without health care support- including mental health and substance abuse support.
Under Obamacare, Medicaid, the social health care program that provided health care to those with limited economic resources, was expanded. This will be rolled back under the new health care bill, leaving people with the support they have come to rely on.
Coverage for drug addiction treatment and mental health will drop. Florida psychiatrists are already concerned about the low resources in the state. Florida has consistently ranked as one of the lowest states when it comes to mental health funding. Florida universities are struggling to meet the demands student mental health needs. If health insurance coverage drops, the demand for this free resources, which is already pushed to its limits, will be even higher.
With 1 in 5 Americans suffering from mental illness a year Florida psychiatrists say having access to treatment and help is important. It keeps it from getting more severe, which can then lead to unemployment and that only puts a further strain on state and federal resources.
The withdrawal of substance abuse addiction aid is particularly worrisome. Opiate overdose and addiction are at an all-time high in the nation. There are an estimated 91 overdose deaths per day from opiates and there are more than a million heroin users in the country.
People suffering from mental health problems, whether it’s mental illness or substance addiction should start evaluating their health insurance now. Making a plan before coverage is rolled back will be the best bet. While the bill has yet to fully pass, and still remains criticized by many, some variation of it likely will. Contact one of Florida’s top psychiatrists today to get help.