The nation’s mental health system is facing a new crisis as the rollout of the Affordable Care Act continues.
Experts say the Trump administration is moving forward with a more extreme approach to mental health that is putting thousands of people at risk.
As the new health care law kicks in, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has to decide how much more to spend on mental health services.
The federal government is spending $2.2 billion on mental illness in fiscal year 2018.
That is nearly $500 million more than what it spent in fiscal 2017.
That increase is because of the new administration’s push to expand access to mental healthcare.
“They are putting a lot of people who are at risk at risk,” said Dr. David Cappelli, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. “And I think that we have a lot to be worried about.”
Dr. Capplli is concerned about the impact of the federal government’s new approach.
“I think it’s really hard to do anything about what’s going on with the ACA, unless we have some serious change in the policy,” he said.
The Trump administration has made some changes to the federal health care system that the nonprofit has said are likely to be harmful to patients and the taxpayers who pay for them.
One of the changes, which was announced on Monday, would give states more leeway to restrict coverage for mental health care and mental health workers.
But the new law doesn’t extend the same flexibility to all states.
States will have to find the right balance between treating people with mental illness and people who aren’t and still keeping access to care.
“We are in the very early stages of this,” said Lisa Blum, executive vice president for policy at the National Coalition for Behavioral Health, a nonpartisan group of health professionals that represents mental health providers.
“What we know is that we don’t know how many people will be impacted, and we are not going to know that until we see the impact on the patient base.”
It is a delicate balancing act that has left some mental health advocates concerned.
Dr. Blum said the new federal health overhaul will “put millions of people in jeopardy.”
“The Affordable Care act was never meant to be an expansion of health care,” she said.
“The ACA is about making health care accessible and it was never intended to be a health care expansion.
The Trump White House has made it clear it will continue to push for mental illness coverage restrictions.””
In my experience, it’s been very, very difficult for people who have had a mental illness to be able to get access to health care in a way that has worked for them.”
The Trump White House has made it clear it will continue to push for mental illness coverage restrictions.
“The president’s proposed plan to repeal and replace the ACA will ensure that all Americans will have access to affordable and quality health care, including mental health and substance use disorders,” a White House press release said.
It goes on to say that the plan would “encourage states to provide care to all Americans with a mental health diagnosis and treat all individuals with mental illnesses with respect, dignity and compassion.”
The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the impact that the administration is planning to make on mental healthcare in the new system.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the new mental health law will cost the government $1.6 trillion in 2018.
Experts are worried that the federal changes are only going to exacerbate the crisis and push millions more people into the ranks of the mentally ill.
“What I’m worried about is that if the administration gets a little bit more aggressive, there’s going to be some really big changes to Medicaid,” said Cappella.
“And that will be devastating to people with disabilities and mentally ill people.”
There are no federal data to track the number of Americans who are underinsured.
But it is likely to increase because of a series of recent events.
The number of people underinsured under the Affordable Act has risen from 3.7 percent in 2017 to 6.5 percent in 2018, according to the Congressional Budget Offices.
The CBO says it expects that underinsured people will increase in the future.
It’s not clear how many of those who are not insured will be able access mental health treatment.
The administration has not released any data on how many patients will have their insurance changed under the new policy.
Experts have warned that if people are unable to access the mental health treatments they need, they will end up on Medicaid or be left without coverage.
“There’s really a lot at stake in that,” Blum of the NAMI said.
Blum said that in the meantime, she thinks that the Trump Administration should look at what is happening with the federal mental health funding.
“We need to be very careful not to make this worse for the people that are not getting care,” Blums