Essential Health Benefit Package

Letter to the Senate Finance Committee on improving Medicare and Medicaid for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders

Posted on October 11, 2013. Filed under: Letters |

In September, 2013 the Coalition for Whole Health submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee in response to a request from the committee to the mental health and substance use disorder field on how to improve the Medicaid and Medicare programs for individuals with these conditions.  The coalition’s comments focused on benefits, parity, and […]

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Comments to HHS on Section 1557 nondiscrimination requirements

Posted on October 11, 2013. Filed under: Comments |

In September, 2013 the coalition submitted comments to HHS on a request for information on the ACA’s Section 1557 nondiscrimination requirements.  Read the comments here. The coalition’s comments ask for a detailed and comprehensive standard that would protect individuals with a mental health or substance use disorder from discrimination in the healthcare system.

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Comments to CMS on single streamlined application data elements

Posted on November 13, 2012. Filed under: Comments, Health Insurance Exchanges, logo, Medicaid/Medicare |

In September, 2012, the Coalition for Whole Health submitted comments to CMS on their proposed data elements for the single, streamlined application for Exchange credits, Medicaid, and SCHIP. Read the comments here. The comments thank CMS for simplifying the application to only include the minimum that is required to determine eligibility.  The comments also thanked […]

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Comments to CMS on Medicaid State Plan Home and Community-Based Services

Posted on November 13, 2012. Filed under: Comments, logo, Medicaid/Medicare |

In July, 2012, the Coalition for Whole Health submitted comments to CMS on their proposed rule related to the Section 1915(i) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) State plan option. Read the comments here. Section 1915(i) provides an important opportunity for States to provide home and community-based services to Medicaid beneficiaries with mental health and/or […]

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Comments on proposed rule related to data collection to support standards related to Essential Health Benefits

Posted on November 13, 2012. Filed under: Comments, logo |

In July, 2012, the Coalition for Whole Health submitted comments to HHS on the data collection standards necessary to implement the Essential Health Benefits requirements of the ACA. Read the comments here. The comments asked HHS to ensure that arbitrary and unreasonable benefit limits are not incorporated into the EHB, and asked HHS to collect […]

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Comments to CCIIO on guidance related to Federally-facilitated Exchanges

Posted on November 13, 2012. Filed under: Comments, Health Insurance Exchanges, logo |

In June, 2012, the Coalition for Whole Health submitted comments to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at CMS on their bulletin on Federally-facilitated Exchanges. Read the comments here. In the comments, the Coalition urged CCIIO to reiterate their commitment that consumers in states with a Federally-facilitated Exchange will receive the full range […]

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CWH comments to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute on their national priorities for research

Posted on November 13, 2012. Filed under: Comments, Letters, logo |

In March, 2012, the Coalition for Whole Health provided comments to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute on their proposed research agenda. Read the comments here. The comments the Coalition submitted to PCORI focused on the need for a strong commitment to research into chronic diseases, including mental health and substance use disorders.  The comments encouraged […]

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Comments on proposed rule related to data collection to support standards related to Essential Health Benefits

Posted on November 8, 2012. Filed under: Essential Health Benefit Package, logo | Tags: |

In July, 2012, the Coalition for Whole Health submitted comments to HHS on the data collection standards necessary to implement the Essential Health Benefits requirements of the ACA. Read the comments here. The comments asked HHS to ensure that arbitrary and unreasonable benefit limits are not incorporated into the EHB, and asked HHS to collect […]

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Milliman Report on Essential Behavioral Health Benefits

Posted on February 24, 2012. Filed under: Essential Health Benefit Package, logo | Tags: |

In December 2011, the Coalition for Whole Health released a report by Milliman analyzing the MH/SUD benefits that are typically covered by employer sponsored health insurance.  The report shows that large group health plans typically cover a broad spectrum of benefits for MH and SUD.  A copy of the report can be found here: CWH […]

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Comments on EHB Bulletin

Posted on January 27, 2012. Filed under: Comments, logo |

In January 2012, the Coalition submitted its final comments on the Essential Health Benefits Bulletin. We encourage the MH/SUD field to submit as many independent comments as possible. Please feel free to use the Coalition’s response as a template for your organization’s own comments, and please forward the attached to your networks and encourage them […]

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