Sweeping Rules in Mental Health Coverage Announced
A rule a generation in the making, according to the New York Times, details how health insurers must treat mental health the same as physical health. For example, insurers can no longer limit mental health visits to a specific number if a diagnosis calls for longer treatment. The announcement is the final step in implementing a 2008 mental health care law. Insurers warned that overall coverage costs would rise, but advocates for the estimated 26 percent of U.S. adults who have a mental illness are cheering.