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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes changes to the health insurance system and to health insurance benefits, which may affect the cost of insurance and healthcare for people with substance use disorders, according to The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

Beginning in 2014, private insurance plans and Medicaid must cover essential health benefits. These are a set of basic healthcare services where at least 60 percent of costs must be covered by insurance beginning in 2014. This includes substance use disorder services, prescription drugs, emergency care, hospitalization, pregnancy and newborn care. Each state will decide exactly which services are included.

To find out more about insurance and substance use disorders under the ACA, visit The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati’s website.

Funding for Join Together is provided in part by an unrestricted educational grant from The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

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