November 1 marked the beginning of the third year of Open Enrollment for health insurance available through HealthCare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 17.6 million Americans have gotten covered,” said SAMHSA’s Acting Administrator Kana Enomoto. “But there’s still more work to be done. Approximately 10.5 million uninsured Americans are eligible for Marketplace coverage in this Open Enrollment period.”

Service providers, grantees, and other stakeholders who work with people who have mental and substance use disorders and are not yet insured should direct these clients to HealthCare.gov. Behavioral health services are covered, and those who remain uninsured could face tax penalties – and with low-premium plans for $75 or less per month, Open Enrollment is the perfect time to invest in health and wellbeing. It’s now easier than ever to apply.

Service Provider Resources

For those working with uninsured clients, here are some key resources that you can share:

Upcoming Training: Increasing Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment – On December 8, 2015 from 2-3:30 pm, Eastern Time, SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), in collaboration with the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), will host a webinar to highlight strategies to address enrollment through community-based organizations and more. Speakers include Kana Enomoto, SAMHSA’s Acting Administrator, Michael Botticelli, ONDCP’s Director at the White House, and Tom Hill, CSAT’s Acting Director. Online registration is now open.

What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Behavioral Health?

Affordable Care Act Infographic

What’s Covered

Under the Affordable Care Act, all plans must cover behavioral health treatment, such as psychotherapy and counseling, inpatient services for those with mental or substance use disorders, and substance use disorder treatment. In addition, some preventative behavioral health services – such as alcohol misuse and obesity screening and counseling, and depression and tobacco use screening – are also covered by most insurance policies.

Options for the Insured and Uninsured

Although efforts currently focus on reaching those who have not already gotten insurance, those who are already insured can also take advantage of Open Enrollment. With many new coverage options, they may find a plan with better benefits and lower premiums. HealthCare.gov offers affordable coverage, easy enrollment, and help for those that need it.

Important Dates

For eligible individuals who are not currently insured, the time to visit the Marketplace is now! Open enrollment ends on January 31, 2016. For coverage starting January 1, the sign-up deadline is December 15.

 

Resources

On SAMHSA’s YouTube Channel