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Edition 9, June 2013—Article Highlights
Health Law Could Overwhelm Addiction Services
"There is no illness currently being treated that will be more affected by the Affordable Care Act than addiction," said Tom McLellan, former deputy drug czar. Only about 10% of the SUD population gets treatment. With new insurance coverage under the ACA, treatment demand will increase significantly, potentially overwhelming the existing provider capacity to treat them.
Johnson, Karla A.; The Big Story; http://bigstory.ap.org/article/health-law-could-overwhelm-addiction-services; April 16, 2013
The Affordable Care Act: Shaping Substance Abuse Treatment
62.5 million people will receive more substance abuse coverage through MHAPEA (the “Parity Act”) and the ACA, with 32.1 million gaining substance abuse benefits for the first time. Private insurance and Medicaid will take a greater role in paying for this treatment.
Carnevale Associates, LLC.; www.carnevaleassociates.com/aca/;
April, 2013
Behavioral Health Treatment Needs Assessment Toolkit
This toolkit is intended to provide payers with information on the prevalence and use of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services and provides step-by-step instructions to generate projections of increased utilization under ACA’s insurance expansion. Approximately 14% of the targeted uninsured population suffers from SUD, which is nearly double the prevalence in a Commercially insured population. As these individuals gain insurance and participate in exchanges, payers should be prepared for significant cost increases.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Behavioral Health Treatment Needs Assessment Toolkit for States. HHS Publication No. SMA13-4757. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2013.



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