If you believe, as we do, that this nation spends far too little on our mental health system, a headline in The Star last week may have seemed alarming: “$3 million in county mental health cuts proposed.”
One in five American adults experiences mental illness in any given year, and one in 25 experiences a serious psychiatric illness, the National Institute of Mental Health says. Yet earlier this month, which coincidentally is Mental Health Awareness Month, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a health care plan that could seriously erode treatment for mental health and substance abuse conditions.
Despite the headline, however, the county mental health cuts seem to make sense. County health officials are simply trying to manage a limited budget as efficiently as they can, and we applaud them for trying to put our taxpayer dollars toward the best use possible.
The American Health Care Act, the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, included a late amendment that allows states to opt out of the requirement that insurers provide Essential Health Benefits. One of those benefits is mental health and addiction treatment. Trumpcare also…
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