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Tools and Resources for Policymakers

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Guidance for Modifying ACA Plan Documents to Comply with SUD Benefits Requirements

This tool was created for states and health insurers and provides guidance for complying with the Affordable Care Act’s Essential Health Benefits requirement and covering the critical benefits for treatment and management of substance use disorders (SUD). This tool summarizes best practices recommendations for benefit administration and provides examples of satisfactory SUD benefit language. 

Guide for Policymakers in Addressing Addiction and Risky Substance Use

This guide helps policymakers understand the effects of addiction and risky substance use and know how to respond. It offers information and recommendations of unprecedented breadth and depth for improving how policymakers working in all levels of government and in the health care, education, justice and social services systems can prevent and reduce addiction and risky substance use in the U.S.

State Guide to MHPAEA Requirements  

The guide is designed for state regulators of commercial health plans that have to comply with the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). It features recommendations for which critical addiction treatment benefits should be offered, examples of how limitations placed on coverage of addiction benefits can undermine addiction care and why they should not be used, and a summary of the MHPAEA final rule.

Key Facts for States

A summary of key facts on addiction and substance use and their impact on state budgets.

Recommended State Actions

A summary of steps states can take to improve health outcomes and reduce the costs of addiction and substance use.

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16% (40 million) of the U.S. population ages 12 and older meet clinical criteria for a tobacco, alcohol or drug problem.

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