What is the impact of the American Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the care of schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The impact of the American Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the care of schizophrenia has yet to be determined. Some parts of the ACA, such as the removal of exclusion of preexisting conditions as a barrier to getting insurance, and the removal of annual and lifetime benefit limits, will be helpful. The ACA mandates parity between care for medical and psychiatric illnesses.

However, health plans in the new exchanges might not provide all of the services that are mentioned here, such as supported employment. As well, in the states that have chosen not to expand their Medicaid programs, patients with Medicaid as their insurer may continue to have difficulty in accessing care.


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