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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:04 AM

New Federal Rule Requires Insurers to Offer Mental Health Coverage

New Federal Rule Requires Insurers to Offer Mental Health Coverage

By ROBERT PEAR

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration issued a final rule on Wednesday defining “essential health benefits” that must be offered by most health insurance plans next year, and it said that 32 million people would gain access to coverage of mental health care as a result.

The federal rule requires insurers to cover treatment of mental illnesses, behavioral disorders, drug addiction and alcohol abuse, and other conditions.

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said that in addition to the millions who would gain access to mental health care, 30 million people who already have some mental health coverage will see improvements in benefits.

White House officials described the rule as a major expansion of coverage. In the past, they said, nearly 20 percent of people buying insurance on their own did not have coverage for mental health services, and nearly one-third had no coverage for treatment of substance abuse.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/health/new-federal-rule-requires-insurers-to-offer-mental-health-coverage.html



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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:24 AM

1. Another: Here’s one way Obamacare changed today

Here’s one way Obamacare changed today
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251288922

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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:32 AM

2. What would help would be mandatory mental health screenings for adolescents & teens

to try & catch an impending meltdown and to give them a safe place to vent their fears & worries.

If everyone had to undergo this screening, it would be seen as normal and not punitive.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:53 PM

3. Kick! n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:22 PM

4. well, I should think so... it's about time

It's ridiculous that the brain isn't covered by health insurance just like a kidney or heart is.

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