Report: 62 Million Americans Will Have Access to Expanded Behavioral Health Benefits under ACA and Parity

by Rebecca Farley on February 21, 2013

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

A report issued this week by the Department of Health and Human Services estimated that 62 million Americans will gain expanded coverage of mental health and substance use treatment services thanks to the ACA’s coverage expansions and the application of parity to new types of plans beginning in 2014.

The report examined behavioral health coverage for Americans currently enrolled in the individual-market and small group health plans, along with those who are uninsured. It found that 32.1 million Americans currently do not have any coverage for mental health, substance use treatment, or both (including the 27 million uninsured). Additionally, 30.4 million Americans who already have behavioral health coverage are enrolled in plans that will be required to come into compliance with parity in 2014. In all, 62.5 million Americans will either gain access to behavioral health coverage or will enjoy expanded behavioral health benefits when most of the health reform law becomes effective in 2014.

Click here to read the full report.


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