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US parity planned for mental health

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1185

The US Senate last week voted unanimously to pass the Health Insurance Reform Act of 1996. The bill's two main features are its provision for Americans to take their health insurance from job to job and its limit on exclusions for pre-existing medical conditions.

A third feature is that insurers will have to provide coverage for mental illnesses that is equivalent to the coverage for conditions such …

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