Researchers estimate that more than four million Americans will lose access to substance use and behavioral health treatment if the Affordable Care Act is repealed without a replacement law that protects this essential insurance coverage.
And millions more would be at risk of missing out on future insurance coverage since addiction is considered a pre-existing condition.1
The ACA made important strides for substance use and mental health treatment.
It identifies substance use disorders and mental illness as essential health benefits: meaning all health insurance plans are required to offer coverage for these conditions. It also expanded Medicaid, extending insurance coverage to millions who need treatment for substance use disorders.
Our country is in the midst of an opioid epidemic that shows no signs of slowing down. Any ACA replacement law must protect insurance coverage for substance use disorders.
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