HEALTH CARE REFORM
NAMI's Got You Covered
NAMI's Got You Covered website will help you navigate the new health care law.
What is the new health care law?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into U.S. law on March 23, 2010. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, the law is intended to increase access to health insurance coverage for Americans and is aimed at reducing the costs of health care.
What do these changes mean for adults, children and families affected by mental illness?
For starters, more uninsured Americans will have access to care and new health plans will be required to cover mental health treatment at parity with other types of medical care.
On the Got You Covered site, you will find:
- Answers to frequently asked questions, such as:
- With implementation of the health reform law, what options will be available to me for new, additional or expanded mental health care in insurance?
- What does Medicaid expansion mean to me in my state?
- What health insurance benefits must plans provide as part of the health reform law?
- Fact sheets about the new health law and how its implementation affects people with mental illness and their families.
- The Mental Health Parity Tool Kit, which was developed to assist people with mental illness and their families when it comes to mental health parity. For people who think their rights have been violated the toolkit shows how to respond.
- The Policy Makers Tool Kit, which includes fact sheets that can be used by mental health advocates to educate legislators and other decision-makers on why strengthening mental health care is critical to the health of our nation. Learn More
Mental Health Parity
What You Need to Know About Insurance Parity
This document addresses questions like medications for psychiatric and substance abuse conditions, Medicaid managed care plans and coverage for specific treatments or levels of care
Learn more about the federal parity law that goes into effect in October 2009.
What is insurance parity and what does it mean for you?
Read the Parity Implementation Coalition's strategies for winning disputes with your health plan.
Consumers, providers, and advocates have been told for a year that final regulations will be released "soon." Is soon finally here?
Maryland law entitles insured Marylanders to an appointment with a mental health provider without unreasonable delay or travel.
Healthcare Reform in Maryland
Now that the Affordable Care Act is law, Americans can expect the health care landscape to change. Beginning in 2014, most people will be required to have health insurance either through their employer, through a government-funded program such as Medicaid or Medicare, or through a plan they purchase in the new health insurance marketplace.
What do these changes mean for adults, children and families affected by mental illness? For starters, more uninsured Americans will have access to care and new health plans will be required to cover mental health treatment at parity with other types of medical care. Below are links of resources to healthcare reform here in Maryland.
How to avoid and report scams related to the Affordable Care Act!