APA Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 17, 2021APA hails today’s Supreme Court ruling in California v. Texas that will keep the Affordable Care Act (ACA) intact. Today’s decision means millions of Americans will continue to receive vital mental health benefits as guaranteed by the ACA. As the physician experts and leaders in psychiatric treatment, we know there can be no health care without mental health care.  

APA has been supportive of the ACA and opposed the repeated efforts to dismantle the law. In November 2020, APA signed on to an amicus brief to the Supreme Court with several other medical organizations that detailed the harm that a decision to repeal the law would have.   

With suicides rising and more and more Americans seeking mental health and substance use services, the elimination of coverage would impact millions of Americans. APA urges continued support and expanded access to quality, evidence-based psychiatric services.   

American Psychiatric Association
The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the oldest medical association in the country. The APA is also the largest psychiatric association in the world with 37,400 physician members specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses. APA’s vision is to ensure access to quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. For more information, please visit www.psychiatry.org.

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