The Implementation Of The Affordable Care Act Essay

1464 Words Jul 25th, 2015 null Page
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act also known as ObamaCare in March 2010 has created much controversy in the United States. Though, controversial the ACA was even upheld by the Supreme Court with a 6-3 vote (https://www.whitehouse.gov/healthreform). The ACA was designed to allow every individual access to insurance and requiring all to participate. Druss and Mauer (2010) describe the act as “reorienting health services to increase provider accountability and strengthen the role of primary care” (p. 1087). ACA is overhauling the health care system and changing the role insurance has in most people’s lives. The controversy surrounding this attempt to improve health care is benefiting a demographic often forgotten about, the mentally ill.
The Mental health care system has been failing for many years; making it hard to find treatment and reach out for help. These failings are becoming a problem in our society and perpetuating stigma; creating a cycle of missed opportunities and untreated illness. Families and individuals are suffering because treatment options are few. Szalavitz (2012) states that, “there is little coordination of care and various agencies in health, education, mental health, addiction, disability, child welfare and law enforcement, often work at cross-purposes.” Szalavitz, a neuroscience journalist, writes that this lack of coordination within the mental health care system impacts how individuals can maneuver the system to help themselves and…

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