Affordable Care Act
Signed into law in March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has opened the door to obtaining health insurance coverage for many Americans who were uninsured or underinsured, through the new Medicaid expansion or the new Health Insurance Marketplaces. Under this new law, both are required to provide coverage for mental health and substance use conditions with parity to coverage for general health conditions. This is particularly important for individuals who utilize these services, as they are now eligible for greater coverage.
While the law is national, the implementation of it varies greatly State by State. With the many nuances of the law and differences across States, it is of the utmost importance that individuals, families, and healthcare providers are well informed of how these laws affect them, what their options are, and how to navigate the system.
This section offers readers summaries of the ACA and explanations of its many components. It also includes information on insurance plans and how to evaluate them to find one that best suits your needs, as well as information about subsidies, personal information needed to enroll, how to find help in applying, and how assisters can help individuals to enroll. The section features commentaries on how the ACA's new parity requirement will affect mental health consumers.
Additionally, it includes discussions of how ACA-related changes to the healthcare system could open up new employment opportunities for peer providers in a broader range of healthcare settings and allow integrated, recovery-oriented services to start to play a larger role in behavioral health care.
Check out the archived training teleconference Time to Get Insured: Learn the Who, What, Why, and How to Enroll in Health Insurance through the Medicaid Expansion or the State or Federal Marketplace.