Making Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Work

WHITE HOUSE (5/7) – One of the many important promises of both the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Acts is to ensure that health plans treat mental health and substance use disorders the same way that they treat other health issues. For too long Americans have paid for coverage that does not recognize that mental health and substance use disorders are every bit as important as physical health, and that going without adequate treatment can be debilitating and even life threatening. This is especially important in light of the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic as well as troubling rates of suicide and severe mental illness. Read more

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