In March 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (together referred to as the Affordable Care Act) that make health insurance coverage more affordable for individuals, families, and the owners of small businesses. The Affordable Care Act is one aspect of a broader movement toward a reformed behavioral health system.
Through its Initiatives and Actions, the Department of Health and Human Services promotes the affordable and accessible health care offered by the Affordable Care Act. Visit "Prevention Under Health Reform" to learn more.
SAMHSA promotes behavioral health for people with mental health challenges and substance use disorders, their families, and the providers who serve them. Visit "SAMHSA Health Reform Efforts" to learn more.
SAMHSA serves as a source of unique research, analysis, and primary data on the financing system for behavioral health services in the United States. Visit "Financing Research and Data" to learn more.
Primary and behavioral health care integration is an opportunity under the Affordable Care Act to improve health care quality through the systematic coordination of primary and behavioral healthcare. Visit "Health Care Integration" to learn more.