Affordable Care Act Resources
The Affordable Care Act will expand mental health and substance use disorders benefits to approximately 62 million Americans. Psychiatric mental health nurses are well positioned to help these Americans obtain 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 has created this online resource section - please share these resources with colleagues, friends, consumers and communities!  Press Release
 
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Resources

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.
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.
     
Free CNE
From Medscape, a free educational module entitled “What the Healthcare Marketplace Means for Practices and Patients”.
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 Providers Need to Know
CMS publication to help answer any questions that providers 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.
Informational Print Materials
Brochures, posters, fact sheets and more to educate consumers about the Affordable Care Act.
     
Research Brief: ACA and Mental Health
From HHS, an examination of how the ACA will affect coverage of mental health and substance use disorders.
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.
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.
About the Health Insurance Marketplace
A series of FAQs about the new marketplace for individuals, families, small businesses, and more.
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.
     
The ABC’s of Open Enrollment for Behavioral Health Providers
National Council for Behavioral Health archived webinar originally presented October 31, 2013.
Get Covered Calculator
From Get Covered America, a calculator that takes a client's basic data and estimates monthly health insurance cost.
 
 

 

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