Affordable Care Act Expands Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits and Federal Parity Protections for 62 Million Americans . The Affordable Care Act: Better Coverage for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

02/20/2013

The Affordable Care Act and its implementing regulations, building on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, will expand coverage of mental health and substance use disorder benefits and federal parity protections in three distinct ways:  (1) by including mental health and substance use disorder benefits in the Essential Health Benefits; (2) by applying federal parity protections to mental health and substance use disorder benefits in the individual and small group markets; and (3) by providing more Americans with access to quality health care that includes coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services.

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