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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.

Efforts to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Will Hurt Low-Income and Communities of Color

Communities of color, the majority of the newly insured under Affordable Care Act (ACA), will be most negatively impacted from national efforts to repeal the law. Prior to the ACA communities of color, who made up just over half of all residents, were three-quarters (74%) of California’s uninsured. The ACA significantly helped to close the coverage gap, cutting uninsurance rates by more than half for Asian Americans and African Americans between 2013 and 2015 and reducing rates for Latinos at slightly lower rates.

The Landscape of Opportunity: Cultivating Health Equity In California (3rd Edition)

The third edition of this report uses current data and research to examine health disparities across a broad spectrum of factors and social conditions. Throughout the report, the complex relationship between structural factors and health outcomes is discussed. The report also includes case studies, policy wins and policy recommendations.

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