SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
September/October 2010, Volume 18, Number 5 

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HealthCare.gov’s “Search and Compare” Feature

Looking for a health insurance plan? New information about private insurance benefits and pricing is available on HealthCare.gov, the website established in July by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for information about the Affordable Care Act.

“To improve competition and lower costs,” the new tools will make the health insurance market more transparent. For example, for the first time ever, price estimates for private insurance policies are available. These estimates allow individuals to compare prices as they take advantage of “one-stop shopping” for an affordable health insurance plan.

The idea is to put consumers, not their insurance companies, in charge and take the guesswork and confusion out of buying health insurance.

To help individuals make more informed choices, HealthCare.gov includes two notable metrics for the public. Insurance providers are required to post:

  • The percentage of people who applied for insurance and were denied coverage.
  • The percentage of applicants who were charged higher premiums because of their health status.

“Millions of Americans have logged on to HealthCare.gov’s Insurance Finder to see what health coverage options are available to them,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The search and compare feature will help Americans find coverage that meets their needs and that gives them value for their dollars now.”

Created under the Affordable Care Act, HealthCare.gov is the first website of its kind to bring information and links to health insurance plans in one place to make it easy for those searching for a plan to learn about and compare their insurance choices.

For more information and resources, visit www.HealthCare.gov.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Health Reform: What You Need To Know

Health Reform: What You Need To Know

Health reform signals major changes for those with behavioral health needs.



  From the Administrator  
Leading Change

Leading Change

SAMHSA is taking a lead role in shaping health care reform policies. Read more.



  Suicide Prevention  
National Action Alliance Convenes

National Action Alliance Convenes

Launching a public-private collaboration to address the suicide crisis.

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

How many college students are lost to suicide each year?


  Military Families  
National Guard Trains Providers

National Guard Trains Providers

Behavioral health treatment providers experience boot camp.

November Is Military Family Month

November Is Military Family Month

A presidential proclamation and Veterans Day honor the Nation’s service members.

Real Warriors Get Help

Real Warriors Get Help

Behavioral health services are needed now more than ever.



  Oil Spill Update  
New Helpline for Gulf Coast Residents

New Helpline for Gulf Coast Residents

Toll-free helpline provides support. Call 1-800-985-5990.



  HIV/AIDS  
Hip-Hop Culture Builds Awareness

Hip-Hop Culture Builds Awareness

Hip-hop “Reaches youth where they are.”

Two Recent Conferences

Two Recent Conferences

SAMHSA’s Minority Education Institute, U.S. Conference on AIDS.



  Statistics & Data  
Drug Use Rises among All Ages

Drug Use Rises among All Ages

Drug use increased in 2009, especially marijuana use.



  Recovery Month 2010  
From

From “Active Addiction” to Recovery

At the Recovery Month launch, two people tell their stories. See event photos.



  Communications Update  
In Atlanta: Focus on Behavioral Health

In Atlanta: Focus on Behavioral Health

At the National Conference, SAMHSA officials focused on new technologies.

Scholarship Recipients Offer Feedback

What lessons learned came from attending the communications conference?

Special Session on Behavioral Health

Special Session on Behavioral Health

Why primary care physicians need to know “Behavioral Health is Essential to Health.”



  Older Adults  
In the ER: Older Adults & Illicit Drug Use

In the ER: Older Adults & Illicit Drug Use

How many emergency room visits involved illicit drug use by adults age 50 or older in 2008?



  Teens & Young Adults  
What a Difference a Friend Makes: Contest Winners

What a Difference a Friend Makes: Contest Winners

Entries show the importance of acceptance in recovery from mental health problems.

Violent Behaviors & Teens: Academics & Family Income Key Factors

Violent Behaviors & Teens: Academics & Family Income Key Factors

Nearly 7.8 million adolescents participated in violent behaviors in the past year.



  Also in this Issue  
Voice Awards Honor Former First Lady, Consumer Leaders

Voice Awards Honor Former First Lady, Consumer Leaders

Rosalynn Carter received the Lifetime Leadership in Behavioral Health Award.

New Quick Guide on TIP 42

New Quick Guide on TIP 42

Get at-a-glance information on substance abuse treatment for co-occurring disorders.



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