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.