Health Care Reform & Parity 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
Model Parity Legislation
The American Psychiatric Association has created parity-implementation legislation for all 50 states and DC. The legislation is designed to require transparency and accountability from insurers and state regulators.
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.
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.
Accountable Care Organizations
Background on ACOs, comments from ANA on particular aspects which will affect RNs, and opportunities and cautions for nurses.
Research Brief: ACA and Mental Health
From HHS, an examination of how the ACA will affect coverage of mental health and substance use disorders.
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.
American Psychological Association Survey
APA 2014 Mental Health Parity Survey.
Resources for Consumers
Consumer Guide to Disclosure Rights
The Department of Health and Human Services-released guide offers clear information about the types of information plans must disclose to consumers as they choose a plan.
Guide to Parity and Insurance
This web portal from the Department of Health and Human Services links consumers directly to information about filing an appeal or complaint.
FAQs about Parity and Buprenorphine Coverage
From the Department of Health and Human Services, these FAQs address parity in commercial plans under the Affordable Care Act as well as how parity applies to buprenorphine coverage.
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.


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