As the presidential polls continue to garner public attention, and Election 2012 looms next month, much attention is being paid to what the two main candidates, President Barak Obama, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, have to say about the economy, unemployment, and each other’s plans. One huge topic that was a hot button issue during the last presidential election – health care reform – has now been relegated to a tertiary concern. This may seem remarkable because of the initial attention paid to the landmark ObamaCare bill, otherwise known as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Pertinent for the discussion here is how ObamaCare affects addicts and alcoholics. Many different and valid opinions have broached the pros and cons of the Act, but the most important questions for those who struggle with alcoholism or addiction is what does the Act change about accessibility of care? The Act will change the landscape of the benefits insurance companies will offer. Another relevant issue the presidential polls do not reflect is the growing agitation in the health care sector concerning parity. Parity is a law that requires health insurers to cover substance abuse and mental health treatment equally with medical treatment.
Patriots For Parity
The inveterate War On Drugs continues to showcase the problem of addiction and alcoholism in our society. The solution to deal with such problems, punitive incarceration, addiction treatment programs, or some type of amalgamation thereof, has been disputed heavily. While presidential polls certainly do not reflect this outright, be assured that both candidates have these issues in mind. For proponents of substance abuse recovery, parity in the realm of health insurance policies is paramount. Patriots For Parity advocates an effort to end discrimination against individuals and families who seek services for mental health and substance use disorders and remain committed to its effective implementation.
ObamaCare has been highly publicized for both supposed benefits and deficiencies, but it remains to be seen if it is beneficial for those in the recovery community by taking an aggressive step towards wider mental health coverage through parity. So while presidential polls reflect national sentiment on jobs, unemployment and the economy, it is wise to remember other issues that carry importance and affect the American public, namely their health: physical and mental. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and needs help, please call our 24/7 hotline 1-800-853-1614.Tags: ACA, Alcoholism, drug abuse, drug addiction, drug treatment, drug treatment center, drugs, Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, obama drug policy, Obamacare, Parity Implementation Coalition, parity law, Patriots for parity, Presidential Polls, substance abuse, The Watershed Addiction Treatment, War On Drugs