JOLIET – Will County Health Department Behavioral Health Division Director Dr. Joe Troiani attended an event in Washington, D.C., this past spring called the “Practice Leadership Conference on Practice, Politics, and Policy.”
This annual event is organized by the American Psychological Association’s Practice Organization.
As current president of the Illinois Psychological Association, Troiani has been watching very carefully on possible changes in the Affordable Care Act. He said the Affordable Care Act “gave parity to behavioral health” and that coverage of pre-existing conditions and the expansion of Medicaid Coverage at the state level must continue.
During the conference in Washington, a banquet was held for the APA Congressional Honoree, Republican Congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, who is a Clinical Psychologist. “
Also addressed at the conference in Washington, to no one’s surprise, was the importance of the Affordable Care Act to Mental Health Care. The message, Troiani stated in a news release was “don’t repeal the ACA without replacing it with a law that ensures coverage for mental and behavioral health services, at parity.”
Troiani has been very firm that the ACA gave Behavioral Health treatment the respect that it deserves in standing beside all other forms of health coverage.
He said the initial effort by the Trump administration to reform health care seems to be crawling to a halt. Troiani says the Will County Health Department’s efforts, thanks in part to support from the American Psychological Association, will continue.