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Behavioral health professionals sometimes struggle with the cost of providing mental health services and counseling to people addicted to drugs. However, the Medicaid expansion under the ACA (Obamacare) in Ohio has provided some needed resources for Ohioans who are struggling with finding and paying for treatment services.

This was a major point of discussion at the 2017 Ohio Behavioral Health conference held at the Hyatt Regency. The conference was hosted by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities.

Currently, there is talk from some political leaders in Washington that advocates for the Federal and state governments to repeal this Medicaid expansion. This talk of repealing the ACA has some people extremely worried, since they rely on these services. Ohio Governor John Kasich repeated this concern at the conference on Wednesday. Kasich embraced the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio and fought to institute the law across the state.

“It’s really allowed people the ability to treat people who might not have been treated,” including the “destructive cycle” of mental illness and drug addiction, Kasich told hundreds of people at the Ohio Behavioral Health Conference.

“You want to change the system? I’m for doing that … there’s ways to cut costs,” Kasich said. “But you have to tell me what you are going to do about it, because you just can’t tell 700,000 people, ‘You have no health care.” We here at Advanced Billing and Consulting Services will watch and see how the ACA is altered by the new administration in Washington.

For more about the challenges of Medicare expansion in Ohio click the following link from Columbus Dispatch:  Ohioans May Lose Care If Health Law Scrapped

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