Parity Rule Change to Health Insurance Will Impact Mental Health Treatment

Background on Short Term Limited Duration Rule Change On Wednesday, August 2, 2018, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury released a final rule that will expand the availability of certain health insurance plans that are not required to cover people with pre-existing conditions or provide coverage for mental health … Continue reading Parity Rule Change to Health Insurance Will Impact Mental Health Treatment

Mental Health Parity At Risk

New research highlights insurance disparities that prioritize profits over people and jeopardize the well being of Americans with mental health conditions Jun 12 2018 [Arlington, VA]—Today, NAMI released a report highlighting the impossible barriers millions of Americans living with mental health and substance use disorders faced prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  These findings underscore … Continue reading Mental Health Parity At Risk

Mental Health Deserves Equal Treatment

The data is in: the inequities for people seeking mental health care are real. “Treatment is very expensive, mostly out-of-network, and at least in the area we are in, there is a shortage of psychiatrists.” More than 1 out of 3 respondents (34%) with private insurance had difficulty finding a mental health therapist, compared to only 13% reporting difficulty finding a medical specialist.

Adding Better Mental Health Care to Primary Care

From the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) A new era of behavioral health integration December 30, 2016 • Science Update What is Behavioral Health Integration? Many people visit a primary health care provider (such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) to treat physical diseases and injuries. However, it is also common for … Continue reading Adding Better Mental Health Care to Primary Care