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Essential Health Benefits: Integrating Mental Health into the Health Plan Benefit Package

June 25, 2013 • Burlingame, CA

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that health plans provide access to mental health and substance use disorder services as part of the “essential health benefits”. Unlike existing parity requirements that did not mandate coverage but only cost parity, this benefit mandate requires broad application to all those with health coverage. This new mandate, combined with the increasing prevalence of mental health diagnosis, makes the treatment and management of these conditions increasingly important.

This seminar will delve into the interplay of mental health care and health care reform implementation in California. The first half of the day will provide participants with a greater understanding of the prevalence of mental disorders in California, the current and upcoming legal obligations of health plans to provide appropriate services, and care delivery models for integrating mental health services with primary care. The latter half of the day will examine specific populations of beneficiaries and their unique mental health care needs, including the elderly (dual eligibles), children (including children with autism), and young adults.

David Johnson will speak on the topic entitled, "Navigating the Legal Landscape: Mental Health Parity, the Affordable Care Act, & California Law."

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