Mental health care providers push for efficiency, patient access

Mental health care providers push for efficiency, patient access

Just as the 1963 Community Mental Health Act ushered in a new era, the Affordable Care Act is intended to have much the same impact on the access to and delivery of medical care.

The ACA offers the largest expansions of mental health and substance abuse coverage in a generation, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Beginning in 2014, businesses that offer health insurance and individual market plans created after Sept. 23, 2010, must include 10 essential health benefit categories, including mental health and substance use disorder services — and cover them on a par with other medical benefits.

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