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THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MEANS MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.
The Affordable Care Act offers expansion of mental health care according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It requires health insurance plans to cover behavioral health services for individuals. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act also expands mental health care, requiring insurance plans to cover mental health along with physical health.
It’s estimated that about 62 million Americans will receive mental health care and substance abuse treatment services because of the new legislation. SAMHSA indicates that all Medicaid programs offer some mental health and substance use disorder programs. Individuals can enroll for the new health coverage through state health insurance exchanges on-line at healthcare.gov (http://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/health-insurance/).
"Health Insurance and Mental Health Services." Health Insurance and Mental Health Services / MentalHealth.gov. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, n.d. Web. 15 June 2014. http://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/helath-insurance/.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Colorado State and Local NAMI offices