By Tracie Mauriello

January 26, 2017



WASHINGTON - It expanded expanded telepsychiatry, prioritized care of the

most seriously mentally ill, eased prescribing limitations for psychiatric

drugs, increased outpatient treatment, fixed a rule keeping Medicaid

recipients from physical and mental health treatment on the same day, and

focused federal funding on proven treatments.


But U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy's signature mental health law means little to the

poorest mental health patients if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act

without replacing it with something that protects the coverage that millions

became eligible for in 2010.