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Passages Malibu Applauds Easier Access to Addiction Treatment Starting in 2014
Date:3/1/2013

Malibu, CA (PRWEB) March 01, 2013

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the final rule for a core package of health insurance benefits, known as Essential Health Benefits. The final rule, released on February 20th, 2013 expands coverage of mental health and substance use treatment services, for millions of Americans.

Three new forms of coverage for substance related coverage were expanded in the new rule, which includes:

1.    Mental health and substance treatment benefits are now included as Essential Health Benefits.
2.    Federal parity protections are now applied to mental health and substance use treatment benefits in the individual and small group markets.
3.    Providing more Americans with access to quality healthcare that includes coverage for mental health and substance use treatment services.

HHS Secretary Katherine Sebelius announced the final rule that was originally outlined in President Barack Obama’s 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). 17 states plus the District of Columbia have chosen to give their residents access to online purchasing health insurance plans through state-run Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX), which is comparable to Amazon.com, but for health benefits.

“It looks like the Federal government and the insurance industry are starting to come around to the idea that successfully treating addiction requires more than just a quick detox,” says Passages Malibu founder and CEO Pax Prentiss, “While our addiction treatment program goes substantially farther than
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