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CMS Releases Letter on Application of Parity to Medicaid

February 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a State Medicaid Directors Letter (SMDL) clarifying how the requirements of the 2008 parity law apply to Medicaid expansion plans under the Affordable Care Act. The letter notes that all Medicaid Alternative Benefit plans (including benchmark equivalent and Secretary–approved benchmark plans) are required to meet the law’s parity requirements, regardless of whether services are delivered in managed care or non-managed care arrangements.

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HRSA Announces Funding for Health Center Program’s New Access Points

February 1, 2013 | Uncategorized | Comments

Rebecca Farley

Director, Policy & Advocacy, National Council for Behavioral Health

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has launched the Health Center Program’s New Access Point (NAP) grants that will provide operational support under the Health Center Program to create more access points.

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