Health Insurance for Addiction & Mental Health Care: A Guide to the Federal Parity Law (June 2016)

This guide explains the right to health insurance coverage for substance use disorder and mental health care under the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. It also briefly explains some other laws that impact coverage.

Roadmap for Promoting Health and Justice: A Smarter, More Effective National Drug and Alcohol Policy

This landmark 2016 report from LAC’s Arthur Liman Policy Institute provides a comprehensive and detailed set of recommendations for improving our national drug and alcohol policies to improve health and public safety and save lives and resources.

Essential Health Benefit Consensus Principles and Service Recommendations

This Coalition for Whole Health document makes recommendations to fully include mental health and substance use disorder services within the Essential Health Benefits framework of the Affordable Care Act

Essential Health Benefits Checklist Tool

This easy-to-use checklist tool was developed by the Coalition for Whole Health and enables users to analyze coverage mental health and substance use disorder coverage in your state’s benchmark plan and determine whether it complies with the consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act.

Coalition for Whole Health Comments to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) on guidance governing the state health insurance exchanges

This Coalition for Whole Health document contains comments in response to regulations governing the establishment of the state Health Insurance Exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act.

Coalition for Whole Health Comments to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) on guidance governing the federally facilitated exchanges

This Coalition for Whole Health document contains  comments submitted to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at CMS on their bulletin on Federally-facilitated Exchanges.

Health Policy Reform: A Roadmap for Smarter and More Effective Alcohol and Drug Policies

This landmark report from Legal Action Center and the State Associations of Addiction Services makes specific and comprehensive recommendations to improve the national response to addiction.

The Medicaid IMD Exclusion: An Overview and Opportunities for Reform

This is a fact sheet on the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion that prohibits the use of federal Medicaid financing for care provided to most patients in mental health and substance use disorder residential treatment facilities larger than 16 beds. The exclusion is one of the very few examples of Medicaid law prohibiting the use of federal financial participation (FFP) for medically necessary care furnished by licensed medical professionals to enrollees based on the health care setting providing the services.

Coalition for Whole Health comments to the federal Department of Health and Human Services on the data collection standards necessary to implement the essential health benefit requirements of the ACA

This Coalition for Whole Health document contains comments to HHS on the data collection standards necessary to implement the Essential Health Benefits requirements of the ACA.

Coalition for Whole Health-Commissioned Milliman Report on Essential Behavioral Health Benefits

This Milliman report commissioned by the Coalition for Whole Health analyzes the MH/SUD benefits that are typically covered by employer sponsored health insurance and shows that large group health plans typically cover a broad spectrum of benefits for MH and SUD

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Advocacy Toolkit (2016)

This toolkit can help people fight for their right to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction when courts, criminal justice and child welfare agencies, or employers do not allow it.  MAT involves the use of medications, such as methadone, buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) and injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol), in combination with counseling.  Dozens of studies have shown that MAT reduces illicit drug use, crime, and communicable diseaseThe toolkit also includes resources for attorneys and other advocates.

Toolkit on Essential Health Benefits, Parity, and Network Adequacy

This Coalition for Whole Health toolkit provides advocates with materials to advocate for strong implementation and oversight of the ACA’s essential health benefits, parity, and network adequacy protections.

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