AASM Advocacy Efforts to Ensure Sleep Services are Included in State Exchanges
The AASM continues to work to ensure that sleep services are covered in every state exchange. Since implementation of the ACA, the AASM contacted every state insurance department, medical society, Exchange, private insurance companies, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure sleep services are covered in the Act.
Infographic: AASM Advocacy Efforts
The AASM submitted more than 350 letters to senior executives informing them of how sleep services should be covered and highlighted the following points:
- Millions of individuals that will be entering the health care system through the ACA will need of sleep services;
- Sleep services are not specified in the law; and
- Sleep services should be recognized and that these procedures are medically necessary.
Responses from Payers
The AASM received a number of responses confirm that sleep services will be covered in their state exchange products. The AASM has not received any responses indicating that sleep services will not be covered. Members canview a few of the responses AASM has received.
The AASM will reach out to these entities again to ensure that sleep will continued to be covered for the next open enrollment period which is set to begin on October 1, 2014.