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NAMI believes that all people with mental health conditions deserve accessible, affordable, and comprehensive health care. NAMI opposes public policies and laws that undermine or eliminate coverage expansions or consumer protections established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Before the ACA, comprehensive health insurance was inaccessible for millions of people in the U.S., including many people with mental illness. Health insurers could offer health plans that did not cover mental health services. Health insurers could deny, cancel, or charge more for coverage for people with conditions like mental illness. Medicaid, the public health insurance safety net, was limited to certain categories of low-income individuals and varied across the states. This meant that many people with mental illness were not eligible for public health insurance, could not afford private health insurance, could not find health insurance that included mental health coverage or were denied health insurance due to their mental illness.
In 2010, the ACA was passed into law and included a variety of coverage expansions and consumer protections to help improve the quality and affordability of health insurance and end many discriminatory practices. These include:
As a result of the ACA, people with mental health conditions are more likely to have comprehensive health coverage and receive needed mental health services.
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