A California health report discovered that 1 in 13 women in the state of California experience sever psychological distress and 1/3 of those women do not receive the treatment. Younger low-income white, black and hispanic women are more likely to experience this kind of distress than asian women.
Nearly half of the black women said that they did not receive the treatment that they need. Over 40 percent of low-income women reported the same information. These treatments could help with suicidal thoughts, intimate partner violence, and alcohol abuse.
Mary A. Pittman, DrPH, president and CEO of PHI states that, “the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will provide coverage to 30 million more people across the country, and it will also extend mental health and substance abuse coverage to an additional 11 million. Among these are people who today go without diagnosis and treatment and struggle with symptoms that can be debilitating. They shouldn’t be suffering in silence.”
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