Action Needed: How Has the Affordable Care Act Affected You?
NAMI has released What the Affordable Care Act Has Meant for People with Mental Health Conditions – And What Could be Lost, an issue brief on the impact of the ACA on our community.
As the brief discusses, the ACA has played an important role in helping people access mental health care through the expansion of comprehensive health insurance and Medicaid. Because of the ACA, 20 million people have gained insurance coverage, including 15.3 million who became eligible for Medicaid. The ACA has also significantly reduced the uninsured rate for people with mental health conditions. NAMI eagerly hopes that the ACA is upheld, and that the next Administration and Congress continue to improve access to health coverage, but we will be closely monitoring the decision from the Supreme Court.
Additionally, NAMI is preparing for possible future advocacy should the ACA be ruled unconstitutional. To help in that effort, we are collecting video submissions from NAMI members on how the ACA has impacted them.
To find out how to submit your own video, please click here.