Substance Abuse and the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) put in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will make health insurance available to many more people, lower health care costs, guarantee more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans.
The ACA includes substance use disorders as one of the ten elements of essential health benefits. This means that all health insurance sold on Health Insurance Exchanges or provided by Medicaid to certain newly eligible adults starting in 2014 must include services for substance use disorders.
By including these benefits in health insurance packages, more health care providers can offer and be reimbursed for these services, resulting in more individuals having access to treatment. The specific substance abuse services that will be covered are currently being determined by the Department of Health and Human Services, and will take into account evidence on what services allow individuals to get the treatment they need and help them with recovery.
4 ways you can #GetCovered:
2. Call 1-800-318-2596
3. Mail a paper app
4. Apply in person http://t.co/SGAjS6mpxr
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 25, 2013
October 23, 2013
The Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health
Fifty years ago President Kennedy signed the “Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Health Centers Construction Act of 1963″, Public Law 88-164, 77 STAT 282, “to provide assistance in combating mental retardation through grants for construction of research centers and grants for facilities for the mentally retarded and assitance in improving mental health through grants for construction of community mental health centers, and for other purposes.”
7:50 PM ET
Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health Gala; former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Chelsea Clinton also attend