Anybody who has read my blog for a little while knows that I'm not a fan of Obamacare. I do not like being told that I have to do something for my own good. However, I do see some positive in the mandate that we all have health insurance and not just any health insurance but insurance that covers specific things.
An area that I feel often goes undiagnosed and/or untreated is mental health and substance abuse. I see it as a huge win/win that we will all have access to mental health professionals. Depression and other mental illnesses are on the rise. For far too long, mental illness has been pushed under the rug. I don't think everyone can be helped with therapy but its certainly not going to hurt.
Substance abuse is another area of expansion of insurance under Obamacare. Substance abuse will take a thriving member of society and turn them into unproductive people. I don't fully understand why one chooses to continue to use when its obviously ruining their life but my bff is an addiction counselor. She has helped me understand what an illness substance abuse truly is.
I hope that going forward those in the mental health profession educate the general population on the options they will have with their new insurance, whether this is done through advertising or referrals.
Thoughts? Do you think this added coverage will really matter?