With the Supreme Court ruling that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — enacted by Congress in 2010 — can stand, it paves the way for full implementation of the law in the years to come.
There are many benefits to the law. For instance, eventually an insurer won’t be able to turn you down for a pre-existing psychiatric or health condition (kids are already covered by this provision; adults soon will be). Low-income people will also have greater access to an expanded version of Medicaid, the federal/state program for the poor and disabled.
Opponents of the law suggest it will drive up health-care costs — something the law wasn’t intended to fully address. Health care costs are already rising much faster than inflation, so this is an ongoing problem that most economists, politicians and physicians can find little agreement on how to solve. The Affordable Care Act is meant as a first step in controlling costs, however, by emphasizing preventative care and cooperative, integrated physician/hospital practices.
What does the Supreme Court ruling mean for access to mental health treatment and care in the years to come?
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