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One in six U.S. adults is unable to get or afford professional help when experiencing emotional distress.

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The U.S. has a relatively low workforce capacity to meet mental health needs.

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Amicus Briefs Flood In, Supporting the ACA

Supreme Court receiving amicus briefs

Amicus, or “friend of the court,” briefs supporting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in California v. Texas case were due at the Supreme Court on May 13. Such briefs have become a staple in Supreme Court litigation. Although individual justices pay varying degrees of attention to them, briefs supporting legal arguments made by the parties — demonstrating consensus across individuals or organizations with different perspectives or showing real-world consequences of potential decisions — can help the Court in deciding a case.

Pandemic Shock Threatens to Undermine Outpatient Care

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In March, the coronavirus outbreak caused an unprecedented disruption in the usual sources of care for patients in the United States.

Early in the crisis, the policy response focused on bolstering hospital capacity. But outpatient care was also disrupted, as office visits with physicians and nurse practitioners plummeted. Fee-for-service revenue fell precipitously, prompting furloughs, layoffs, and even closures at many practices.

The rebound in visits has occurred across all specialties.

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Both the initial decline and the resulting rebound in visits are similar across provider organizations of different sizes.

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As the number of in-person visits dropped, telehealth visits increased. But the increase in telehealth visits only partially offset the drop in in-person visits.

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The rebound has been smaller among school-age children and relatively larger among older adults.

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