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By Brianna Ehley

March 8, 2017

 

 House Republicans who last year made good on longstanding promises to

overhaul the mental health system could roll back coverage for millions of

people with mental illness and addiction problems by overhauling Medicaid as

part of an Obamacare repeal package.

 

Legislation being marked up Wednesday would phase out Obamacare's Medicaid

expansion, which covers 1.2 million Americans with serious mental illness

and substance abuse problems, as well as scrap baseline coverage

requirements. The change means certain beneficiaries would no longer get

coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatments guaranteed under

the Affordable Care Act.