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.