Implementing the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Treatment and Recovery in Health Care Reform
The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) creates for the first time in our nation's history a "culture of coverage," where being insured is the norm for everyone. Over the next decade, the ACA will completely reshape the nation’s health system by making it easier for millions of Americans to obtain, to afford, and keep healthcare coverage regardless of age, occupation, or pre-existing medical condition including substance use disorders (SUD). This expansion in coverage, acting in concert with the Wellstone-Domenici Parity Act (2008), will enable the SUD field to reach an even greater portion of those at risk of or suffering from SUDs, and provide several new opportunities for the delivery of services.
With these opportunities, however, come challenges. The field must prepare for the key elements of the ACA that become effective in 2014. These challenges include accommodating the insurance industry changes, the increase in demand for SUD services brought on by expanded coverage and the delivery and financing of these services.
The purpose of this web page is to supplement existing federal, state and credible private websites covering the ACA, and, specifically, to provide information that will prepare the alcohol and other drug field for the ACA’s impact on California’s SUD health care system. As new material is made available, ADP will update the contents of this page periodically so that it remains current and relevant.