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.