Analysis: The ACA Mental Health Expansion

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Mental disorder is more common than most think. WHO reports that mental disorder is not only those that are institutionalized, in fact 1 in 5 Americans are. That’s about 42.5 million people, which suffers with some form of mental illness (BEKIEMPIS, 2014). Unfortunately, most individuals are not aware of their disorder and those that are might not seek treatment or become dependent to the antipsychotic drugs. The 2008, Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act provisions expanded mental health services to 62 million of people (Health Insurance and Mental Health Services, n.d.). The ACA mental health expansion requires for health insurance plans to provide mental health screening as part of their preventive services. ACA is mandatory and
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