Monday, March 4, 2013

Mental health minimum benefits bolstered -

Mental health minimum benefits bolstered - Millions more will get psychiatric coverage

The Affordable Care Act’s minimum benefits mandate and a federal parity law will combine to provide mental health and substance abuse coverage to more than 32 million Americans who didn’t have any before, according to the Obama administration.

Insurance statusHave benefitsWill gain benefitsTotal with parity benefits
Individual plan7.1 million3.9 million11 million
Small-group plan23.3 million1.2 million24.5 million
Uninsurednone27 million27 million
All30.4 million32.1 million62.5 million

Source: “Affordable Care Act Will Expand Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits and Federal Parity Protections for 62 Million Americans,” Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Feb. 20 (link)

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