The Emily Program Foundation applauds the U.S. Supreme Court for upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which includes protections for people who struggle with mental health disorders. Thanks to yesterday’s ruling, Minnesota will continue to move forward with establishing a health insurance exchange that follows Mental Health Parity legislation passed in 2008. The new exchanges will include coverage for mental health care, including eating disorders. The Emily Program Foundation is optimistic that insurance companies’ discrimination against individuals with eating disorders will finally end and that those struggling with eating disorders will get coverage for the treatment they both need and deserve.
Some of the most important provisions of the ACA are:
- Children and young adults can stay on their parent’s health plan until age 26.
- The ACA bars insurance companies from denying people coverage because they have a pre-existing condition, including a mental illness.
- Insurance companies can no longer drop coverage when individuals get sick.
- Insurance companies cannot impose lifetime limits on mental health coverage.
- The provisions of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act that was passed in 2008 must be followed.
The ACA ruling is a victory for all Americans, including the millions who struggle with mental illness. It will mean that all people, regardless of economic status, will have access to health care and be able to access mental health care when they need it most.
Want to get involved?
Join The Emily Program Foundation for a field hearing in support of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. This historic rally is a part of many across the country, shining a light on the problems patients face when accessing mental health treatment and celebrating the effects of parity legislation.
Mental Health Parity Field Hearing
When: Monday, July 16
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Where: MN Recovery Connection, 253 State St, St. Paul, MN
For more information, visit parityispersonal.org