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The Magic Pill: Will The Affordable Care Act Fix Mental Health Care?

The Magic Pill: Will The Affordable Care Act Fix Mental Health Care?

"...how flimsy is the veil separating us from [the mentally unhealthy], how tenuous is the illusion that we are invulnerable and cannot be touched by a catastrophic accident, diagnosis or death."

- Pauline W. Chen, M.D.

"If you lose your doctor or medication – if you lose your job or insurance – you end up back at square one and lose years of work. Until they find the magic pill, people with mental illness are going to be in the struggle daily. It’s invisible and all outsiders see is the potential for violence, or laziness."

- Jared Wilmer, 29, first signs of his mental illness appeared when he was 19.

WYPR News explores the future of mental healthcare and The Affordable Care Act in the series, “The Magic Pill."

The Magic Pill, Part 1: The Good, The Bad, The Open Questions

The Magic Pill, Part 2: Getting Fair And Equal With Your Mental Health Care

The Magic Pill, Part 3: I've Got This Insurance Card, Now How Do I Get The Care?

The Magic Pill, Part 4: Is Anybody Out There?

The Magic Pill, Part 5: Having Insurance May Not Be Enough To Meet Your Mental Health Care Needs