Health Care Reform

AACAP is committed to the overall reform of our nation's health care system. Mental health recovery is integral to overall health and should be included in any comprehensive health care reform package. AACAP was committed to these principles during the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and continues to impact implementation through regulations.

State Health Insurance Exchanges Toolkit
By January 1, 2014, the ACA requires states to have functional state health insurance exchanges through which individuals and small businesses can compare and purchase health insurance plans. Use the resources below to learn more about the exchanges and how child and adolescent psychiatrists can get involved in their state.

Affordable Care Act Resources for Members

AACAP Comments on Proposed Regulations for the Affordable Care Act

Health Information Technology
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided $20 billion in incentives and grants to health care providers and hospitals to establish interoperable electronic health record systems throughout the nation. Some mental health professionals such as psychiatric hospitals, substance use and mental health treatment facilities were excluded in the initial legislation. The Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (S.539) would amend the definition of health care provider to include a wider range of mental health professionals including psychiatric hospitals, substance use and mental health treatment facilities.