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Health Care Reform
Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use Portal website providing information for healthcare providers and consumers. http://www.healthit.gov/
Federal Health Care Reform Website Serves as a clearinghouse for information on health care reform including: key features of the law, timeline for changes, resources, glossary of terms, regulation and guidance. www.healthcare.gov
Parity Implementation Coalition
The Parity Implementation Coalition was formed to help ensure that the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA – a federal law that protects a group health plan’s mental health and/or substance use coverage benefits — is properly enforced. The website provides online resources with information about: What the federal law covers, How a state’s law works with the Federal Parity Act, and How to file an insurance claim with your health plan when benefits have been denied http://parityispersonal.org/
Affordable Care Act Will Expand Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits and Parity Protections for 62 Million Americans Research Brief Department of Health and Human Services February 2013. Download PDF (67KB, 4pp)
Healthcare Reform and Behavioral Health Part 1 – A Sea of Change Northwest Frontier ATTC Addiction Messenger January 2011. Download PDF (184KB, 4pp)
Healthcare Reform and Behavioral Health Part 2 – New Designs for Service Delivery Northwest Frontier ATTC Addiction Messenger February 2011. Download PDF (184KB, 4pp)
Health Insurance Coverage for Addiction & Mental Health Care – A Guide to the Federal Parity Law The Legal Action Center July 2016. Download PDF (3.01MB, 106pp)
Healthcare Reform and Behavioral Health Part 3 – Organizational Partnering to Improve Care Northwest Frontier ATTC Addiction Messenger February 2011. Download PDF (204KB, 7pp)
Integrating Substance Use Disorder and Health Care Services in an Era of Health Reform
American Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) March 2015. Download PDF (2.39MB, 52pp)
Medicaid Coverage and Financing of Medication to Treat Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders SAMHSA June 2014. Medicaid Coverage Opioids (1.87MB, 70pp)
Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates
Parity Implementation Coalition and The Kennedy Forum Winter 2015 Second Edition. Download PDF (2.07MB, 103pp)
Parity Toolkit for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers & Advocates Parity Implementation Coalition September 1010.
A toolkit to aid individuals seeking recovery, their families, providers and advocates understand their new rights and benefits under the law. Download PDF (386KB, 60pp)
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