In a December bulletin, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed to give states wide discretion to set their own essential health benefits (EHB) standard for health plans sold through the new exchanges. However, there are challenges ahead for children's mental health supporters as this does not have a clear-cut, comprehensive federal standard to help guide the process. It is our belief that if left up solely to the states, we could see significant disparities in coverage.

Here are the four key points you need to make in your message to HHS. Cut and paste or create your own message:

Please send comments to EssentialHealthBenefits@cms.hhs.gov
Subject line: Re: Comment on Essential Health Benefits Bulletin

1. Support the Inclusion of a Wide Array of  Mental Health Benefits and an Expanded Work Force to Carry Them Out

2. HHS Should not Allow a "Minimum Standard"

3. Support the "Plus"  in the "Plus Ten" Approach

4. Require a Uniform Set of National Benefits

 Please send comments to EssentialHealthBenefits@cms.hhs.gov through today - so take 10 minutes (the time it takes to stand in line for a coffee or sitting in the drive-through lane picking up lunch). If you can do that today you surely can do this!

Want more details on our full set of considerations for the HHS Bulletin? Read more here.

After emailing your comments to EssentialHealthBenefits@cms.hhs.gov let us know what you said by sharing your thoughts on our blog.

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