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Wednesday, November 4

SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services responsible for improving the behavioral health of the nation and reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness in America.

Thursday, October 22

CLASS Act

A provision of the ACA establishing a public long-term care insurance system. The CLASS Act provision was never implemented and has since been repealed. CLASS stands for Community Living Assistance Services and Supports.

Wednesday, October 21

Gold Plan

The second highest actuarial level health plans available through the insurance exchanges, equal to an 80 percent actuarial value. Bronze, Silver, and Platinum plans offer varying actuarial values.

Tuesday, October 20

Outcomes

Measures of the medical effectiveness of certain treatments or procedures.

Monday, October 19

Elder Justice Act

A Provision of the ACA designed to protect the elderly from being targets of physical or psychological harm within the health care system.

Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA)

Legislation which requires that mental health benefits be on par with medical and surgical benefits offered by a group health plan.