Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mental Health America Marks Six Month Anniversary Of Health Reform Law

Mental Health America today marked tomorrow's six month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which will greatly expand access to mental health care and addiction treatment.

"The Affordable Care Act marks a tremendous step forward in our efforts to improve access to care for individuals with mental health or substance use conditions and in our advocacy for prevention of these conditions," said David Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO of Mental Health America.

"Treatment for these conditions is recognized as critical to overall health by being included on the list of essential benefits that must be covered in new plans offered to the uninsured beginning in 2014."

Dr. Shern said several key provisions that take affect on September 23 will improve the lives of millions of Americans with mental health and substance use conditions. These include:

- Children under the age of 19 can no longer be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition. (This provision will be extended to adults in January 2014.)

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