Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment? Maybe

A man at a psychiatrist's office.i

A man at a psychiatrist's office.

Finding a good therapist can take time, especially in a new city.

Mental health admissions of young people rose 9 percent after implementation of a key portion of the Affordable Care Act, researchers say.

Mental health issues like depression, anxiety and substance abuse often start in adolescence, then peak in young adulthood. But for young people who don’t have steady jobs or stable paychecks, getting help can be tough.

A popular provision of the Affordable Care Act that took effect in 2010 aimed to make it easier for young adults to get access to health care, by allowing them to stay on their parents’ insurance until they turn 26.

So, are more young adults getting help with mental health issues because of the provision? Maybe, suggests a study published in the September issue of Health Affairs.

Before 2010, just over 30 percent of young adults with mental health issues said they were getting treatment. And that went up by about 2

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/08/15/340411575/has-health-law-helped-young-people-get-mental-health-treatment-maybe?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact


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