New Law Allows Addiction Treatment Centers to Help More People, College Students

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The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires health insurers to provide equal coverage for mental health and substance abuse treatment as they would for medical and surgical coverage. Combined with the new health care law, addiction treatment centers like The Watershed will be able to help more people suffering from substance abuse problems, especially college students, one of the most at risk age groups.

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“The rules we are issuing today will, for the first time, help assure that those diagnosed with these debilitating and sometimes life-threatening disorders will not suffer needless or arbitrary limits on their care,” said Secretary Sebelius.

Beginning July 1, 2010, The Watershed, along with other addiction treatment centers, will be able to help more people in need of substance abuse treatment, especially those in college. With a new law, insurers will be required to provide equal insurance coverage for people with substance abuse disorders seeking assistance.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “The rules we are issuing today will, for the first time, help assure that those diagnosed with these debilitating and sometimes life-threatening disorders will not suffer needless or arbitrary limits on their care,” said Secretary Sebelius. “I applaud the long-standing and bipartisan effort that made these important new protections possible.”

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 requires all group health plans including mental health and substance use disorder benefits to treat these benefits the same as the medical and surgical benefits. Out-of-pocket cost, benefit limits and practices such as prior authorization and utilization review for substance abuse problems should be no more restrictive than those requirements for medical and surgical benefits.

Paired with the new health care laws, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 will allow for more college students to get the help they need with only a minimal cost. With the new health care bill, students can stay on their parent’s insurance until they are 26, giving them more time to get the help they may need.

College students are one of the most at risk age groups to develop an addiction because of all the freedom and opportunity to experiment. This pairing of new laws will give The Watershed the opportunity to help more of these college students who have fallen to the disease of addiction.

The parents of these college students will be able to provide the necessary health insurance coverage that these students need. The coverage that the parents of these college students have will range from the number of employees that work at the company to whether the company is publicly or privately held. The new MHPAEA applies to both public and private employers who have more than 50 employees. It will also apply to health insurance providers who sell coverage to employers.

The new additions to the Mental Health Parity Act created new opportunities for those in need of help with substance abuse problems.

About The Watershed:

The Watershed, one of the leading drug addiction treatment providers, operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. With three locations in Palm Beach County, Florida, The Watershed offers a variety of treatment programs as well as prevention services. For more information please visit http://thewatershed.com.

Wellstone, P. (2010, January 29). Obama administration issues rules requiring parity in treatment of mental, substance use disorders. Retrieved May 21, 2010.

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