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The Affordable Care Act will lead to broad-based transformation of healthcare in the United States.

This transformation will occur in five key areas:

  • Insurance coverage: With expanded health insurance coverage to 39 million people through the State Medicaid Expansions and the State Health Insurance Marketplaces.
  • Insurance benefits: With parity of mental health and substance use benefits, removal of prior conditions restrictions, and removal of annual and lifetime limits.
  • Service organization: Including movement toward Integrated Care for mental health, substance use, and primary care services.
  • Payment structure: Moving toward integrated funding for services.
  • IT: With movement toward electronic health and personal health records.

This webinar addresses these five key areas, and ten important considerations will be identified and discussed. Special emphasis is given to understanding practical implications for behavioral healthcare and managed care.

Key takeaways from the webinar include:

  Understanding the five ACA transformations

  Learning the ten most important details about the ACA transformations

  Understanding the role of behavioral healthcare and managed care


About the Speaker

Ron Manderscheid

Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D.
Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors

Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. The Association represents county and local authorities in Washington, D.C., and provides a national program of technical assistance and support. Concurrently, he is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and Immediate Past President of ACMHA—The College for Behavioral Health Leadership.

Dr. Manderscheid serves on the boards of the Employee Assistance Research Foundation, the Danya Institute, the FrameWorks Institute, the Council on Quality and Leadership, the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium, and the National Research Institute. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Coalition for Whole Health. Previously, he served as the Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs at the Global Health Sector of SRA International and in several federal leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Throughout his career, he has emphasized and promoted peer and family concerns.

Dr. Manderscheid is a former Member of the Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020, Past President of the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA) Foundation, Past President of FEIAA, and past Chair of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Mental Health Section and a past member of the APHA Governing Council. He has also served as the Chairperson of the Sociological Practice Section of the American Sociological Association, and as President of the Washington Academy of Sciences and the District of Columbia Sociological Society.

Dr. Manderscheid received a B.A. degree (with highest honors) in Sociology from Loras College; a M.A. degree in Sociology-Anthropology from Marquette University; and a Ph.D. in Sociology, with a specialization in Social Psychology and Statistics from the University of Maryland. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.