US taskforce will push for parity in mental health and substance misuse treatmentBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1853 (Published 31 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1853
- Michael McCarthy
The US president, Barack Obama, has ordered the creation of a federal taskforce to ensure that health insurers’ coverage of mental health and substance misuse disorders is comparable to their coverage of medical and surgical services.
This latest initiative in Obama’s bid to combat a growing epidemic of opioid misuse in the United States was unveiled at the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Obama said that, while his administration would continue its efforts to block …