How the ACA is Changing Mental Health Care

Friday, November 01, 2013


Though the federal insurance exchange site is still be plagued with technical bugs and people are continuing to receive policy cancellation notices from their insurers, there are still plenty of changes being brought about by the Affordable Care Act that many people are happy about. For example, many experts agree mental health care will improve due to the ACA rollout.

Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, explains what changes to expect for the way mental health care is accessed and delivered.


Linda Rosenberg

Produced by:

Tyler Adams


Gianna Palmer

Comments [2]

atm from Philadelphia PA

Thanks so much for this show. Lip service has been paid to mental health being part of health care, but in reality, for years it's been relegated to a luxury service for those who can afford it.
I have bought my own health insurance for the past 8 years, which paid for psych. medication, but not for therapy.
MAYBE this new ACA plan will have some therapy coverage, but it is nearly impossible to find a therapist who will accept insurance, even in the big city I live in.
Rosenberg also totally admitted that there aren't incentives for therapists to accept insurance plans! It's not because of lousy payments, but because individuals or small practices can't handle the absurd bureaucracy required by insurance companies. Yet another reason why a single-payer system would have been better than the ACA. But I'll take what I can get.

Nov. 01 2013 01:00 PM

Rosenberg does not explain why "driving individual practitioners into networks" will be helpful to the consumer. In fact fear of who will get hold of their information is a major factor in preventing the mentally ill and/or addicted from seeking treatment. Having been in addiction treatment I am very aware of how many people seek treatment under an alias. I also know people who have drained themselves financially to pay for treatment/meds because they did not want any record of mental illness showing up in their records. A solitary out of the way office is exactly what some want. How exactly is this helpful???? It sounds like the exact opposite of what most consumers want.

Nov. 01 2013 11:24 AM

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