Affordable Care Act Slow to Deliver More Patients to Mental Health Treat

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Patients Wait for Improved Health Measures under Obamacare

A recent article on Philly.com reveals the affordable care act has not had the expected impact in boosting use of mental healthcare services. The legislation’s supporters, as well as many in the medical community, expected a prodigious uptick in patient enrollment due to measures within the bill which are said to provide better access to mental health treatment; initial results have been inconsistent with these projections. Experts claim that it is too early to speculate regarding the bill’s efficacy in expanding mental health treatment, citing that many are actually still learning how to use their plans and levels of eligibility.

The problem is particularly evident in Pennsylvania, where, according to local experts, the reluctance to expand Medicaid is a big part of the problem. 

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