Provision in the Affordable Care Act has resulted in better mental health treatment for the young.

Provision in the Affordable Care Act has resulted in better mental health treatment for the young. August 7, 2014

While this doesn’t count in Kansas thanks to Sam Brownback, on the whole this is a very, very good thing.

A provision in the health care reform law allowing parents to keep their adult children on their health-insurance plans has led to millions more young people with mental-health and substance-abuse problems getting treatment, according to a new study.

Between September 2010, when the Obamacare provision went into effect, and 2012, when the study ended, young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 who had already screened positive for mental disorders or substance abuse increased their use of mental-health treatment by 5.3% compared with a similar group of 26- to 35-year-olds who weren’t eligible for their parents’ coverage. Researchers in the study, published Monday in Health Affairs, also found that due to that same Obamacare provision, the number of mental-health visits the younger group had to pay for out-of-pocket declined by 12.4% compared with the older group.

This could be good news not only for young adults with mental-health issues, but also for their friends, families, neighbors, and parents, who often suffer most directly when their mentally ill or addicted loved ones are unable to access affordable treatment.

Thanks Obama.  Really, from the deepest part of me, on behalf of millions out there convinced they’re inadequate because they’re so often treated like failures rather than sick people, thank you.

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