The Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be implemented and will have a great impact on health care coverage for people with eating disorders. A key area that we are monitoring and influencing is the essential health benefits that will be covered by the benchmark plans sold in the state exchanges. We’ve released a survey that we conducted of all of fifty states and the District of Columbia’s proposed benchmark plans (see our blog for details). We discovered a wide disparity in the anticipated mental health service coverage between states.
As the ACA is implemented and as the Exchanges go live in 2014, it is essential that we ensure that all mental health services are covered at parity and that all levels of care are covered. The first key step for us is enrollment into the Exchanges, which will begin October 1, 2013. We realize that this is an especially crucial time to ensure that people with eating disorders are able to receive the treatment and care that they both need and deserve.
If you are interested in becoming a State Leader and helping us influence the implementation of these plans in your state, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.