Affordable Care Act Expands Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits and Federal Parity Protections for 62 Million Americans . 1. Essential Health Benefits


First, under the statute, treatment for mental health and substance use disorders is a benefit category covered as part of the package of Essential Health Benefits available to all Americans in non-grandfathered plans in the individual and small group markets as of January 1, 2014.  The Essential Health Benefits final rule, released today, ensures that consumers purchasing insurance can be confident that their health plan will provide the care they need if they get sick.  Including mental health and substance use disorder treatment in this package means —

  • About 3.9 million people currently covered in the individual market will gain either mental health or substance use disorder coverage or both;7
  • Also, we estimate that 1.2 million individuals currently in small group plans will receive mental health and substance use disorder benefits under the Affordable Care Act.8

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