Psychiatric Patients Benefit from ACA Provisions

This study examined different groups of the U.S. population who may be affected by the expansion of Medicaid and creation of health insurance exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Data were based on structured interviews with a nationally representative sample of 34,587 adults from the 2004–2005 Wave 2 of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Psychiatric diagnoses were assessed with the Alcohol Use Disorder and Associated Disabilities Interview Schedule-IV.

Those included in the survey who would be eligible for Medicaid under the expansion were found to be more likely to have mood and anxiety disorders compared to those who would not be.

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