Health Reform Brief: Affordable Care Act Will Increase Coverage, Demand for Mental Health Services
This Kansas Health Institute health reform brief examines how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may affect Kansans with mental illness as well as mental health providers. Through the individual mandate, a potential expansion of Medicaid and other provisions, the ACA will increase the number of people with health insurance.
About 90 percent of the approximately 351,000 Kansans who now lack health insurance could be income-eligible for either the optional expanded Medicaid program or federally subsidized private coverage through the new health insurance exchange. Researchers estimate that at least one in six people in this newly insured group has serious mental health problems and that the demand for mental health services will increase as this group gains coverage.
Funding for this project was provided by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, a philanthropy based in Hutchinson, and the Kansas Health Foundation in Wichita, a philanthropic organization whose mission is to improve the health of all Kansans.
KHI Briefs on Health Reform
→ Health Reform Brief: With or Without Expansion, the Affordable Care Act Means Changes for Kansas Medicaid
→ The Impact of Health Reform on Insurance Benefits and Mandates in Kansas
→ A Health Insurance Exchange in Kansas? Decisions and Deadlines Ahead for State Leaders
→ Affordable Care Act's Expansion of Medicaid Expected to Boost Kansas Enrollment
→ Medicare Changes Include Care Coordination and Prescription Drug Costs
→ What the Affordable Care Act Could Mean for Kansas Employers and Health Insurance
→ What the Supreme Court Ruling on Health Reform May Mean for Kansans
→ ACA Medicaid Expansion: Enrollment and Cost Estimates for Kansas Policymakers
→ Insurance Exchange Will Provide Many Kansas Consumers With New Options
→ Affordable Care Act Will Increase Coverage, Demand for Mental Health Services
→ Kansans Share Thoughts on Health Care System and Affordable Care Act
→ Resource document: Terms and definitions