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Affordable Care Act

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the Affordable Care Act, or the ACA) will lead to a dramatic shift in the way health services are accessed and delivered across the nation. 

From now until 2014, state and federal policymakers will continue to be making many broad and far-reaching decisions about the implementation of the ACA and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (the law that addressed parity for mental health services). Enrollment in state-wide healthcare plans will begin in the fall of 2013 and there is much to learn in order to become an effective and informed consumer, provider, and/or advocate.

The materials and resources listed on this site are intended to educate people with lived experience of mental health services and labels about the ACA, make informed choices on healthcare plans, create new roles for peer workers and peer-run organizations, and advocate for continued systems transformation and peer-delivered services.

Click on the following links to access more information.

ACA 101

Learn about what new services and opportunities will become available under the ACA and what each state plans to offer. (Examples of new services include health homes, patient navigators, essential health benefits, health insurance exchanges, medical necessity, and many others.)


Learn how to access information about new state healthcare insurance plans and make informed decisions on which plan to choose.

Grant information and work opportunities

Learn about new opportunities for peer worker and peer organizations under the ACA

Advocate for systems transformation

Learn how individuals and organizations have advocated for a transparent, person-directed, recovery-oriented mental health care model under the ACA and opportunities for advocacy now and in the future

NCMHR will continue to add new resources and materials to this site as they become available.