Most of last week's headlines focused on the Affordable Care Act--and rightfully so. But two smaller stories about behavioral and mental health will hopefully make big news in due time.
The Affordable Care Act isn't a piece of software, but the way it has been written, implemented, updated and challenged is reminiscent of the software development process. What the ACA needs now is an upgrade, not a rip-and-replace job.
Roughly 4 million people used either Healthcare.gov or a state insurance exchange to select a health plan in time for Jan. 1 enrollment. That's certainly a good sign, but truly judging the impact of the exchanges requires more than just a cursory glance at the numbers.