By Bruce Japsen
January 13, 2017
Psychologists and other mental health providers don't want Obamacare's
coverage of mental health gutted as Donald Trump and the Republican Congress
look to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The ACA made mental health and substance abuse disorder services a standard
part of "essential health benefits" for individuals purchasing coverage on
public exchanges. That means insurance companies like Aetna, Anthem,
UnitedHealth Group, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans cannot carve out
mental health from individual coverage, which must provide 10 "essential
health benefits" in order to sell Obamacare. "That's why the law was so
critical," Doug Walter, associate executive director of government relations
at the American Psychological Association, said in an interview.