Behavioral health admissions in Massachusetts show no rise despite new coverage for young people

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 27 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1810
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

A study looking at the effect of healthcare reform in Massachusetts has found that hospital admissions for behavioral health disorders fell rather than increased after the implementation of changes in 2006,1 despite measures that increased insurance coverage for young adults.

Young adults have the highest rates of uninsurance and also the highest rates of hospital admissions for behavioral health disorders, prompting concern that greater insurance coverage for this group would lead to a sharp increase in treatment costs for behavioral health problems.

But the findings showed that provisions in the Affordable Care Act, which require plans offered on the new health insurance exchanges to cover mental health and …

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