Affordable Care Act Resources
Psychiatric mental health nurses are well positioned to help consumers obtain insurance coverage so that they can receive the mental health and substance use care they need. In collaboration with Mary Wakefield, Administrator of the Health Resources and Human Services Administration, APNA created this online resource section - please share these resources with colleagues, friends, consumers and communities! 


Basic Info  |  How You Can Help  |  Resources for Nurses  |  Resources for Consumers
 

Health Insurance Marketplace Basics
 
Ways Mental Health Providers Can Help
 
Resources for Nurses
   
Free CNE
From Medscape, a free educational module entitled “What the Healthcare Marketplace Means for Practices and Patients”.
Nurses and the ACA
From HRSA, descriptions of programs expanded or created by the Affordable Care Act which affect the nursing profession and care to Americans.
Toolkit for MH & SUD Providers
Explains the health care law and how it helps people with mental and substance use disorders; outlines how to use the Health Insurance Marketplace; and provides communications ideas and materials.
     
Health Insurance Marketplace: 10 Things Providers Need to Know
CMS publication to help answer any questions that providers may have about the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Affordable Care Organizations
Background on ACOs, comments from ANA on particular aspects which will affect RNs, and opportunities and cautions for nurses.
Health Insurance Marketplace: 10 Things to Tell Your Patients
CMS publication to help answer any questions that patients may have about the Health Insurance Marketplace.
     
Key Features of the ACA
Main aspects of the Affordable Care Act, organized by year.
Fact Sheets
From HHS, fact sheets about how the ACA will affect specific populations, address workforce needs, promote preventative services, etc.
Toolkit for Consumer, Family, Peer & Recovery Community Organizations
Explains health care law, how it helps people with mental and substance use disorders; how to use the Health Insurance Marketplace; and provides communications ideas and materials.
     
Research Brief: ACA and Mental Health
From HHS, an examination of how the ACA will affect coverage of mental health and substance use disorders.
The ABC’s of Open Enrollment for Behavioral Health Providers
National Council for Behavioral Health archived webinar originally presented October 31, 2013.
Training Materials for Small Businesses
From the Small Business Association of America, fact sheets and training materials addressing how the ACA will affect small businesses.
     
Health Care Infographics
From HHS, infographics highlighting aspects of the ACA for specific populations, states, and more.
Letter from Dr. Mary Wakefield to APNA
A letter from the Administrator of HHS re: the role of APNA and in educating the public about the ACA.
 
 
     
Resources for Consumers
Tools for Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace
From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, information about the mental health and substance use disorder parity law and advice on how to select the health coverage that fits each consumer's needs.
Get Covered America Tools
Help consumers enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace with a calculator to estimate cost of insurance and financial help one may qualify for, and a tool to connect consumers with free local help on completing insurance applications.
About the Health Insurance Marketplace
A series of FAQs about the new marketplace for individuals, families, small businesses, and more.
     
Informational Print Materials
Brochures, posters, fact sheets and more to educate consumers about the Affordable Care Act.
   
   
     

 

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