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Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: February 2013

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: February 2013
  1. See, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Sept. 2, 2011, 60(03);1-32, "Mental Illness Surveillance Among Adults in the United States”,  http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/su6003a1.htm?s_cid=su6003a1_w

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  2. For more, see “Immigration Reform and Access to Health Coverage: Key Issues to Consider,” February 2013, Kaiser Family Foundation, http://www.kff.org/uninsured/8420.cfm

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  3. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) of 2008 applies to large group plans and requires cost sharing to be the same for mental health and substance abuse treatments as for other types of health care. It does not, however, require employers or health plans to offer mental health or substance abuse benefits. Beginning in 2014, as part of the essential health benefits provisions, the Affordable Care Act requires that health insurance plans offered in the individual market and most small group plans include coverage for mental health and substance abuse and comply with parity laws. For more information on the MHPAEA, see a description of the law by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, available at http://cciio.cms.gov/programs/protections/mhpaea/mhpaea_factsheet.html. For more information on how the ACA extends coverage for mental health and substance abuse services, see http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/mental/rb_mental.cfm.

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