NHIS: 1/4 of Adults w Serious MH Needs Forego Medical Care due to Cost

NYAPRS Note: Preliminary estimates from the National Health Interview Survey found that while more Americans with serious psychological distress have acquired health insurance over the past few years, one in 4 forego medical treatment because of cost. This is down from a finding of one in 3 in 2012, possibly due to ACA-related increase healthcare coverage.

Key highlights of the report:

  • Among adults aged 18–64 with serious psychological distress, the percentage who were uninsured decreased from 28.1% in 2012 to 19.5% in the first 9 months of 2015. Adults without serious psychological distress saw a
  • decrease in the percentage of uninsured from 20.3% in 2012 to 12.3% in the first 9 months of 2015.
  • Although more adults with serious psychological distress have public rather than private coverage, the percentage with public coverage has remained relatively stable from 2012 through the first 9 months of 2015 while the
  • percentage with private coverage has increased over the same time period.
  • The percentage of adults with serious psychological distress who have seen a mental health care professional in the past 12 months has declined from 2012 to the first 9 months of 2015.
  • In the first 9 months of 2015, 24.4% of adults with serious psychological distress and 6.1% of those without serious psychological distress had not received needed medical care due to cost.
  • The percentage of adults with serious psychological distress who needed mental health care but could not afford it declined from 2012 to the first 9 months of 2015.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/er_spd_access_2015_f_auer.pdf