Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

University of Miami Study Says ACA Significantly Reduces Cost of Mental Health Care for Young Adults, Especially Minorities

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

University of Miami Study Says ACA Significantly Reduces Cost of Mental Health Care for Young Adults, Especially Minorities

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. ~ The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has significantly reduced out-of-pocket costs for adults aged 19 to 25 seeking behavioral health care, most significantly among young adults from racial and ethnic minority groups. This according to a study published this month in the Psychiatric Services journal, the first to show the financial impact of "Obamacare" on young adults who access mental health and substance abuse treatment.

"Improved access to mental health care for people in this age group is critical given that they often have lower incomes, higher debt burden and behavioral health issues often emerge at this age," said Karoline Mortensen, associate professor of health sector management and policy at the University of Miami School of Business Administration who conducted the research with University of Maryland School of Public Health researchers. "We also found young Latinos, African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities saw the greatest reduction in out-of-pocket medical expenses related to behavioral health. …

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