Ashley Palmer

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Social Work in Mental Health


When states do not expand Medicaid, there is a gap that leaves adults earning less than 100% of the federal poverty level uninsured. However, low-income young adults with mental health needs living in these states fall into a triple gap that prohibits access to affordable health and mental health care. Many of these low-income young adults do not have parents with employer-sponsored health insurance available, and they are not eligible for premium subsidies or Medicaid. This article analyzes the impact of Affordable Care Act provisions on young adults, deliberates the effect of these provisions in relation to health disparities surrounding access to mental health care, and offers strategies for social workers to engage in mental health advocacy, outreach, and prevention efforts. [This is a post print of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Work in Mental Health on January 8, 2016, available online:]


Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work

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Available for download on Wednesday, January 01, 3000

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