16 million Americans suffer from depression each year. One third of them don’t get treatment – that means over 5 million adults experience a major depressive episode and don’t get treatment every year.

The Depression Epidemic: Can Obamacare Fix It?

One reason may lie in the costs of treatment: a hospital stay for mood disorder usually costs thousands of dollars. The average cost of antidepressants would be close to $800 in 2014.

Can the Affordable Care Act solve the depression epidemic?

Hardly. But Obamacare does require free depression screenings under all health insurance plans.

62.5 million people will reap the mental health and substance abuse disorder benefits made available under Obamacare. A lot of the responsibility is given to primary care doctors, of which only 2.4% currently do depression screening.

“With continued instances of school shootings and drug overdoses tied to mental health disorders, provisions offered by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) come in a time of need. These laws address a massive mental health problem in America, a big part of which stems from untreated depression.”

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