An August 2014 Health Affairs article titled: An ACA Provision Increased Treatment For Young Adults With Possible Mental Illnesses Relative To Comparison Group, describes a study of the impact of the ACA dependent coverage provision on people ages 18–25 with possible mental health or substance use disorders.   The authors found that for young adults, with possible mental health disorders, mental health treatment increased by 5.3 percentage points.  The study also found that the increased health coverage had an impact on young people currently using mental health treatment:

For people using mental health treatment, uninsured visits declined by 12.4 percentage points, and visits paid by private insurance increased by 12.9 percentage points.


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