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Insurers accused of finding ways to avoid covering mental health conditions

Source: Kaiser Health News

(7/28, Dembosky) reports that some 43 million people in the US “suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions,” according to data from the Federal government, but more than 50 percent of those “who felt like they needed help last year, never got it.” Even those with insurance “complained of barriers to care.” The article says the 2008 Mental Health Parity Act and the Affordable Care Act were supposed to address this problem. Under the laws, insurers must provide comparable benefits for mental health and physical health conditions. Yet, “advocates say insurance companies are still finding ways to keep people who need care from getting it.”

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