President tries his best to weaken Obamacare; may corrode mental health and addiction treatment
Despite not being able to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or the Obamacare, the Trump administration is on a perpetual quest to weaken its effects. For patients needing mental health and addiction treatment, an annulment of the act would mean taking away all the benefits that they have enjoyed so far under Obamacare.
Here, we look at some of the most serious blowsthe Trump administration has dealt to Obamacare, which could possibly ruin its essence:
- Stopping subsidies to health insurance companies: This step would scare formidable health insurance companies from the market. The President’s plans to cut subsidies is a part of the sweeping change he is bringing to the insurance sector, including introducing cheaper policies with lesser benefits for consumers. Removing subsidies will asphyxiate insurance companies and it will directly affect the consumers who need it the most.
- Not sending health officials to Obamacare enrolment programs: The Trump administration will possibly strangulate Obamacare by not sending regional directors to help states planthe upcoming open enrollment period. This is a move to derail the act and ensure a faster collapse.
- Shutting down the Obamacare website every Sunday for 12 hours, especially in the run-up to the enrolment: A planned weekend outage of the website will dearly affect consumers, who want to enroll, as for many this is the only time they have to complete such tasks.
- Announcing 40 percent cut in funding to groups that help people enroll: President Trump has also announced a 40 percent cut on spends meant for advertising and promotion for enrolment under the ACA. This way, people will have very little access to information related to the enrolment. It vies to slash spending on advertising and promotion for enrollment from $100 million to $10 million.
- Posting YouTube videos condemning ACA: The current administration posted 23 anti-Obamacare videos on YouTube in June and July, where people ridiculed the healthcare law. Roping in individuals, families, healthcare professionals and small business owners, these videos propagated messages that Obamacare burdened them. Such negative propaganda adversely influences people’s psyche, making themskeptical.
- Tweeting infographics showing Obamacare in poor light: Tom Price, the former health secretary, took to Twitter and tweeted 48 anti-Obamacare infographics, mostly in June and mid-July. All the infographics bore the health department’s logo and undermined Obamacare. The administration also used news releases to generate bad publicity for Obamacare and spread negative information about the law.
- Cutting tax credits that compensate premiums: The ACA entitles middle-income Americans to some tax credits to offset the cost of premiums. Based on the chosen plan, it could cover up to 70 percent of the average customer’s medical bills. However, abolishing such tax credits could adversely affect the customers. The administration has proposed the application of the credits to a slightly lesser generous plan for all Obamacare customers from 2018.
- Blocking useful information from website: Useful and relevant information talking about the benefits of the plan are now missing from the Obamacare website. In the absence of such data, customers are unable to get the required information to make an informed decision.
If the Obamacare is repealed, those seeking treatment for mental illness and addiction will be the most affected ones. Removing coverage for substance use disorder (SUD)treatment and co-occurring mental illnesses will jeopardize treatment options for them.
Treatment options for mental health and addiction patients
Co-occurring disorders need perennial care and attention, requiring a huge amount of money. Insurance cover is a necessity for people suffering from dual diagnosis. Depriving patients of such benefits is like suffocating such patients, who are also the most vulnerable.
Whether it is SUD or any co-occurring mental illnesses, immediate treatment intervention is the only way out. If you have a loved one, suffering froma dual diagnosis, Sovereign Health can help. A leading provider of behavioral health and addiction treatment, our residential treatment centers for dual diagnosisare renowned in the country, with a high success rate of dual diagnosis recovery. Call at our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our trained experts for immediate assistance.