King v. Burwell's Impact on Mental Health and Substance Use Coverage: NAPHS Statement
Jun 25, 2015, 11:54 ET
WASHINGTON, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Mark Covall, President and CEO, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS):
More people than ever before – some 62 million overall – have received improved mental health and substance use coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the federal parity law (the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act). This has been a long time coming.
With today's 6-3 King v. Burwell decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, some six million Americans who purchased insurance through federal exchanges will retain subsidies for their health insurance coverage, which includes mental health/substance use coverage provided at parity.
As an association representing behavioral healthcare organizations and professionals, the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS) is pleased that hard-won behavioral health benefits that millions have just acquired will continue uninterrupted.
In addition to the population impacted by this ruling, the Medicaid expansion population continues to have mental health/substance use coverage as essential health benefit that must be provided at parity.
Today's Supreme Court action is an important decision that allows vital coverage to continue for millions of Americans.
NAPHS is committed to continuing to work with Congress and the Administration to retain access to coverage for the millions of Americans who experience mental health and substance use disorders.
The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems advocates for behavioral health and represents provider systems that are committed to the delivery of responsive, accountable, and clinically effective prevention, treatment, and care for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with mental and substance use disorders. Its members are behavioral healthcare provider organizations that own or manage more than 800 specialty psychiatric hospitals, general hospital psychiatric and addiction treatment units and behavioral healthcare divisions, residential treatment facilities, youth services organizations, and extensive outpatient networks. The association was founded in 1933.
SOURCE National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS)
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