ACA Will Require Parity Coverage For Mental Health.

The Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal (9/23, Kenning, Ungar) reports that across the US, “access to insurance and limits on services, therapy visits and hospital stays have left those with mental illness feeling treated like second-class citizens in a health system built to handle physical ailments, according to patients, providers and advocates.” Now, however, under the Affordable Care Act, health “insurers will soon be required to give mental illness coverage equal to that for physical ailments.” Beginning in 2014, “the ACA calls for one of the largest expansions of mental health and substance abuse coverage in a generation, requiring that all new small-group and individual market plans offer mental health services and cover them at a par with medical benefits.”

Related Links:

— “Obamacare pushes for parity in mental health coverage, “Chris Kenning, The Louisville Courier-Journal, September 22, 2013.

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