The Affordable Care Act Analysis

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In United States of America, there has been a change in health policy after the lawmakers came together to rectify the flaws in our limited healthcare. With the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the national health focus has been shifted towards disease prevention and health promotion. The affordable care act provides the largest coverage of behavioral health in history. Under the Affordable Care Act, health plans must cover preventive care which in previous years was not catered without copayment and deductibles. This includes the coverage for mental health, substance abuse use disorder that is comparable to coverage of medical and surgical care. The purpose of this paper is to analyses and explore the affordable care act related to mental health …show more content…
It also states that native Hawaiians has the highest rate of substance abuse and alcohol dependence while their adolescents has the highest rates of suicide attempts. A higher number, 90%, of those who attempts suicide has psychiatric diagnoses. With more people getting insurance subsidies, enabling them get insurance cover, and mental and behavioral health being covered like any medical diagnoses, those numbers of suicide attempt will come down as more and more people will be seek medical help. The Affordable health care act has so many barrier that were placed by private insurance that stood between behavioral patients and healthcare. Prior to the enactment of the ACA, people with substance abuse were discriminated, stigmatized and were likely to avoid seeking healthcare. This was because of lack of understanding regarding mental health and deep-rooted stigma. (www.mentalhealthamerica.net). This is expected to change with advent of ACA. Congress took a first step toward ending such discriminatory insurance practices when it enacted the Mental Health Parity Act of 1996. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), provided increased parity between mental health and substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits. The Affordable Care Act builds on MHPAEA and provides that mental …show more content…
Behavioral help affects population across the lifespan. According to Taua et. Al., nurses role includes but not limited to advocacy/health promotion; assessment; behavioral interventions; communication; leadership; functions regarding medication administration; and safety and risk management. Children, adults, geriatrics are all affected by the behavioral issues. Dual disability is more common today partly due to advanced technology of diagnosing diseases. Due to complex needs of the nursing today, dual disability requires nurses to have more advanced skills. Nurses with advanced skills are well placed to provide

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