In the six years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and our partners in states and communities have made historic progress to improve access to quality, affordable health care.
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By now, you probably know that the Affordable Care Act allows young adults to remain on their parents’ health insurance until age 26. Thanks to this provision, an estimated 3 million young adults were able to gain or keep health insurance coverage. As a result, more young adults reported getting help for behavioral health conditions after the Affordable Care Act.
More Young Adults Use Private Insurance for Behavioral Health Treatment following the ACA’s Dependent Coverage Mandate
In 2010, the Affordable Care Act extended health insurance coverage to individuals aged 19 to 25 whose parents had employer-sponsored private insurance.
Recently, SAMHSA had the opportunity to partner with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to host an event recognizing the expansion of behavioral health care made possible by the Affordable Care Act, and the positive impact it has had on people in recovery.
Yesterday, Secretary Burwell presented the President’s HHS Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The budget requests $83.8 billion in discretionary budget authority for HHS, and lays out a strategy to strengthen our middle class and help America’s hard-working families get ahead.
Access to health care coverage that includes services for mental health and/or substance use disorders is critical for everyone. This is especially true for the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) community, which faces some significant behavioral health challenges. According to a 2013 SAMHSA report, the rate of substance dependence or abuse among AI/ANs aged 12 or older was higher than any other population group. Among U.S. adolescents ages 12 to 17, Native youth have the highest lifetime prevalence of major depressive episodes. In addition, suicide is the second leading cause of death—2.5 times the national rate—for Native male youth in the 15 to 24 year old age group.