EHB Consensus Principles and Service Recommendations

Posted on January 27, 2012. Filed under: Essential Health Benefit Package, logo, Recommendations | Tags: |

In January 2012, as the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) develops final guidance on EHB and state policy-makers move forward with ACA benefit design, the Coalition finalized recommendations to fully include mental health and substance use disorder services within the Essential Health Benefits framework of the Affordable Care Act. Read the recommendations […]

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Letter to HHS Secretary Asking for Data, More Comment Time

Posted on January 27, 2012. Filed under: Essential Health Benefit Package, Letters, logo | Tags: , |

In January 2012 the CWH — including over 75 national, state and local groups in the SUD and MH communities — submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for the data HHS used to develop the Essential Health Benefit Bulletin, and for more time to provide comment. Read the full letter here.

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Action Alert! Ensure Health Insurance Exchange Regulations Include Strong SUD/MH Provisions

Posted on October 19, 2011. Filed under: Comments, Health Insurance Exchanges, logo | Tags: , |

Please submit comments to CMS by Oct. 31; follow this link for sample comments Action Needed The federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule for the health insurance exchanges created by the new health care reform law. It is very important that the exchanges address mental health (MH) and […]

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Comments on the Proposed National Prevention Strategy

Posted on January 28, 2011. Filed under: Comments, logo | Tags: , |

In January 2011, the Coalition submitted a response to questions from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the proposed National Prevention Strategy. Read the comments here. The Coalition’s comments recommend specific areas of the proposed strategy that should have a stronger SUD/MH focus.

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Comments to the Institutes of Medicine Essential Benefits’ Panel

Posted on December 30, 2010. Filed under: Comments, Essential Health Benefit Package, logo | Tags: , |

In December 2010, the Coalition for Whole Health submitted comments to the Institutes of Medicine Essential Benefits’ Panel on how the essential benefits package in health care reform should incorporate substance use disorder and mental health care. Read the comments here. The comments focused on the principles, criteria, and processes HHS should utilize as the […]

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Comments to the Department of Health and Human Services on Setting up Health Insurance Exchanges

Posted on October 30, 2010. Filed under: Comments, Health Insurance Exchanges, logo | Tags: |

In October 2010, the Coalition for Whole Health submitted comments to HHS on how the state health insurance exchanges should be constructed to best meet the needs of people with substance use and mental health disorders. Read the comments here. The comments were submitted to HHS on behalf of over 35 organizational members of the […]

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Comments to HHS on Coverage of Preventive Services

Posted on September 30, 2010. Filed under: Comments, logo | Tags: , |

In September 2010, the Coalition for Whole Health submitted comments to HHS on coverage of preventive services, including preventive mental health and substance use services. Read the comments here. The comments were submitted to HHS on behalf of 25 organizational members of the Coalition for Whole Health.

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Comments on Rules for Grandfathered Health Insurance Plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Posted on August 30, 2010. Filed under: Comments, logo | Tags: , , |

In August 2010, the Coalition for Whole Health submitted comments to the Departments of HHS, Labor, and Treasury regarding the interim final rules on grandfathered health plans under healthcare reform. Read the comments here. The rules require that grandfathered plans comply with the Wellstone/Domenici parity requirements and adhere to certain consumer protective practices to maintain […]

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