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New Research Examines Substance Abuse Treatment Under ACA

A new Information Brief recently released by policy and research analysts Carnevale Associates, LLC examines the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) effect on the financing and provision of substance abuse treatment. The brief explores the ACA’s impact on substance abuse treatment clients, providers and payers, with particular analysis of Medicaid expansion, affordable insurance exchanges and essential health benefits, highlighting areas of the behavioral health market most susceptible to change. The brief concludes that the law’s provisions will likely produce an influx of new behavioral health clients, triggering a notable shift in payers as well as changes to existing systems of care.