Three-quarters of all mental illnesses begin by age 24, according to the National Institute of Health . Before the passage of the Affordable Care Act,nearly 60% of all mental health or substance abuse care for young Americans was paid for out-of-pocket. Mental health care coverage is often prohibitively expensive, a factor that respondents routinely cite as a reason for not seeking care. The dependent coverage provision could be especially important for young adults because mental health and substance use disorders peak in young adulthood, and insurance coverage has historically been low among young adults, the study said. Improving the countrys mental health care system has been a priority for President Obama, particularly with the rise in incidents of mass violence committed by young men with mental health problems. Shortly after the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the White Houseruled that health care providers must treat mental health problems as they do physical health and allocated $100 million in federal funding to help address mental health. The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable, Vice President Joe Biden said in a press release at the time.
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Uninsured rate nose-dives in some states- MSN Money
Whether you like it or hate it, Obamacare has been effective in reducing the number of uninsured in the U.S. Its impact may be most significant in Arkansas, at least where sheer numbers are concerned, according to the latest Gallup-Well Being national survey . In 2013, Arkansas ranked next to last in the U.S. for its uninsured rate. Now, it's leading the country in the biggest reduction in uninsured. Arkansas' uninsured rate dropped from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 12.4 percent in the second half of 2014. "While a majority of Americans continue to disapprove of the Affordable Care Act , the uninsured rate is declining, as the law intended," Gallup said. Kentucky is a close second to Arkansas.
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