Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA): What’s at Stake for Californians Benefiting from Mental Health Care Services?

President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan are threatening to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), undoing the tremendous progress California has made in reducing disparities in access to mental health care services. Prior to the ACA, Latinos and African Americans who sought help for mental health or substance use services were less likely to receive necessary treatment. While these disparities persist, with more individuals insured, low-income Californians and communities of color are better able to access vital behavioral health services. But all of these gains are now at substantial risk!