Nearly All ACA Benchmark Plans Violate Rules on Addiction Treatment Coverage

MODERN HEALTHCARE (06/07) – More than two-thirds of state benchmark plans violate federal requirements to cover treatment for addiction disorders. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse surveyed addiction treatment benefits offered among 2017 Essential Health Benefits benchmark plans and found none offered a comprehensive array of addiction treatment benefits. The report cites benchmark plans, which determine the minimum level of benefits available to those covered in state exchange plans, frequently “excluded or not explicitly covered benefits” related to residential treatment and the use of methadone as therapy.Read more

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