Better Insurance Coverage for Mental Health Needed, Now.

Mental Health

In light of the Newtown shootings the issue of insurance coverage of mental health issues is again a hot topic. The 2008 federal law (“Parity Bill” governing firms with more than 50 employees) and President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” addresses this to some extent but doesn’t solve the problem.

Newer federal and state legislation is needed.

Also needed is a change of attitudes of mental health professionals (to encourage more individuals to seek such care and to provide it at reduced rates) and individuals needing such care to seek it no matter what. “Walking the Tightrope of Mental Health Coverage.” New York Times (December 22, 2012).

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