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How to Get Equal Coverage for Mental Health Care

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

therapist and patient sitting on sofaThanks to changes in health care law, people with mental health issues, including substance abuse, can expect to have more access to treatment and health care. The New York Times writes that the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act will bring more equality to mental health coverage. Plans sold on the public health care exchanges will have to include mental health care and substance abuse coverage. Additionally, health insurance plans must provide the same coverage for mental ailments as they provide for physical ailments.

The New York Times advises consumers to look at an insurance plan’s network of mental health professionals before deciding on coverage. Customers can find affordable therapists using their county behavioral health departments and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s service locator. If an insurance plan is failing to provide adequate mental health coverage, consumers can file an appeal for mental health parity.

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Source: New York Times Understanding New Rules That Widen Mental Health Coverage

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