Insurers are required to offer coverage for mental problems similar to that for physical ones

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 11 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6784
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Most US health plans that offer coverage for mental health and substance misuse problems must now provide these benefits on the same terms as they offer medical and surgical benefits, under a new rule announced by the Obama administration on Friday 8 November.

The rule is the latest of a series issued as part of the implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, a 2008 law that banned large group health plans and health …

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